As the of launch of the next iPhone keeps coming closer, we keep getting more and more rumours about Apple’s iPhone 8. Recent rumours suggested that Apple might be working on an in-screen fingerprint scanner for the upcoming iPhone. However, KGI Securities’ analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has a track record of being very correct with predictions around Apple devices, suggest that the iPhone 8 will not feature an in-screen embedded fingerprint scanner. The reason, it would seem, is that this kind of technology still needs some changes and require “a more complex panel and pixel design” for the OLED.
According to the predictions made by Kuo, Apple will this time come introduce three variants of the iPhone: 5.2-inch or 5.8-inch depending on whether a bezel-less OLED is used, while the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch version will have an LCD display. Kuo has also predicted that the OLED iPhone will have “the highest screen-to-body ratio of any smartphone currently available worldwide,” and there will be no physical home button in front. However, there still seems to be confusion around the placement of the fingerprint sensor. “As the new OLED iPhone won’t support under-display fingerprint recognition, we now do not expect production ramp-up will be delayed again.”, as per the reports by Kuo. Kuo has also been predicting that the 32GB model may be discontinued, and that Apple will make 64GB and 256GB as the standard storage options. As suggested by a Wall Street journal report, Apple will not be ditching the Lightning Connector in favour of a USB-C port. The Lightning Port will remain but “embedded USB-C power delivery” could also be incorporated for bringing fast charging to the iPhone, as per the analyst.
Reports from other sources also claim that the new iPhone 8 might feature 3D face scanning to unlock the device. The new 3D sensor’s speed and accuracy will be reliable and fast, unlocking in few hundred milliseconds. The new face scanning takes more point of the face than that of a fingerprint. This new sensor is designed in such a way, that it would work even if the device is lying flat on a table.
The predictions made by Kuo also suggest that the iPhone 2017 series will launch in the month of September and the OLED variant will have a constrained supply and high demand. Kuo is also predicting a massive volume of shipment to the tune of 80-85 million units.