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Apple Exploring Two-Step Touch ID and Facial Recognition System for iPhone 8

Noted KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo released a research report today in which he outlined further expectations for Apple's 2017 iPhone, including new biometric identification technology as well as the necessity of a new design to provide better structural support for a flexible OLED display with 3D Touch capability.
Apple may switch to a film sensor from the current FPCB sensor in order to provide better 3D Touch user experience, as a film sensor offers higher sensitivity. Also, we expect the new OLED iPhone will come with a flexible OLED panel. To avoid deforming the form factor of the flexible OLED panel from touch operation pressure, a metal structural part will be placed under the film sensor to provide more robust structural support.
Kuo also believes Apple is developing a new Touch ID technology for its next iPhone "to complement its full-screen (zero bezel) form factor design and to enhance transactions security". According to Kuo, the existing "under glass" design of fingerprint recognition doesn't meet the requirements of full-screen form factor designs, therefore an "under panel" placement is required.

As a result, Kuo says Apple aims to switch from the current capacitive-type to an optical-type system. Despite the technology still being in the early stages of development and the fact that OLED panel makers will have to provide bespoke designs for the system to work, Kuo believes Apple has the bargaining power to request the customizations.

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Notably, Kuo believes the fingerprint recognition system will "ultimately be replaced by a facial recognition system" for enhanced security. "However, if the technical challenges cannot be overcome, we believe a combination of fingerprint and facial recognition is another possible solution."
Judging by the bio-recognition patents that Apple has applied for, we believe it is leaning toward facial recognition technology rather than iris recognition. However, we note that the technical challenges of facial recognition include: (1) algorithms; (2) hardware design; and (3) the build-out of a database for verification and authentication, which could be time consuming. As such, before Apple can fully replace the fingerprint system with facial recognition, a combination of the two steps of bio-recognition could be a valid solution for enhancing transactions security.
Assuming the technological challenges are not too great and adoption this year isn't too soon, Kuo suggests Apple's new system will usher in a "paradigm shift" for the application of biometric identification in smartphones.

Kuo's latest report builds on previous predictions regarding this year's "10th anniversary" iPhone, which is expected to feature a radical redesign with an embedded home button in an edge-to-edge display, a glass body, and potentially wireless charging. Previous rumors suggesting the iPhone 8 could include advanced biometric features like facial recognition or iris scanning have pointed to the possibility that they could also power augmented reality camera functions.



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5 weeks ago

This list of possible features continues to get longer and longer.

The best feature will be the built-in yearly disappointment for the babies around here.
Rating: 37 Votes
5 weeks ago
The phone will not be able to recognise my face on Monday morning as well it does on Friday evening :p
Rating: 16 Votes
5 weeks ago
Cue people complaining about Ming Chi Kuo, even though the guy is generally spot on.
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Kuo just makes up stuff as he goes, doesn't he?

Whoops, I was too late
Rating: 12 Votes
5 weeks ago
Facial recognition in a smartphone is a solution looking for a problem. In addition to being much more difficult than fingerprint sensing (beards, glasses, lighting, even the angle at which you hold the phone all can affect recognition accuracy) the payoff just isn't there, in my opinion. Suppose all the technical challenges are overcome - what do you end up with? A phone you first have to hold up to your face to unlock it - whereas with the fingerprint sensor the phone can be unlocked on the way up out of your pocket.

For this reason, if Apple does adopt face recognition, to me it's a sign they've run out of ideas - resorting to what's really a gimmick to try and get a few more gadget freak customers.
Rating: 11 Votes
5 weeks ago

Kuo just makes up stuff as he goes, doesn't he?


No he's one of the more reliable anylists, he predicted the iPhone SE, the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, the Apple Watch and so on, in fact he's been very accurate over the last few years.
Rating: 10 Votes
5 weeks ago
Kuo just makes up stuff as he goes, doesn't he?
Rating: 10 Votes
5 weeks ago

The best feature will be the built-in yearly disappointment for the babies around here.


Disappointment, no. Left unenthusiastic, yes. The problem is we are encouraged to upgrade annually but tech doesn't move that fast. So of course the "next year's" model is only going to be incremental and unexceptional.

Also it's not surprising that MR readers have imaginations bigger than reality can provide so expectations are larger than that of the general consumer. Certainly tech makers and retailers share in the blame of people being disappointed, if they are. How many times has TC crowed about an exciting product pipeline only to not have shown much at year's end?
Rating: 9 Votes
5 weeks ago

Kuo just makes up stuff as he goes, doesn't he?


If you go back to all the MR articles that tags Kuo, you can see he's had a very good record.

* New MacBook Pro and 13-Inch 'MacBook' Coming Next Week, iMac and Display Not Ready Yet
* iPhone 7 to Include Five Colors, IPX7 Water Resistance, Dual 12MP Cameras on Plus Model
* Upgraded Apple Watch 1 Models Said to Launch Alongside Apple Watch 2 Later This Year
* Faster Apple Watch 2 With GPS, Barometer, Larger Battery, and Same Thickness to Launch Later This Year

* 2016 MacBook Pro May Include OLED Display Touch Bar and Touch ID

* Apple to Produce Single iPhone 7 Plus Model With Dual-Lens Camera and 3GB RAM

* Apple Watch 2 Expected to Focus on Internal Upgrades Rather Than External Changes, Launch in Late 2016

* Dual Camera Said to Be Exclusive to 5.5-Inch iPhone 7

* New A9-Based 4-Inch iPhone Expected to Launch Early 2016 With Apple Pay and Colorful Metal Casing

* KGI Expects New iPhones to Have 5MP Front Camera, Retain 16GB, 64GB and 128GB Capacities

* Next-Generation iPhone Again Rumored to Adopt 7000 Series Aluminum
* Apple Reported to Begin Shipping Apple Watch in March, 12-Inch MacBook Air in Early 2015

* Apple Predicted to Launch Optional Stylus Accessory Alongside 12.9-Inch 'iPad Pro'

As you can see, very small deviations from Apple's plans aside, his predictions has almost never been wrong, at least in the last few years.
Rating: 6 Votes
5 weeks ago

This list of possible features continues to get longer and longer.


The secret of future forecasting: predict every possible feature and then claim how right you are with the ones that actually show up.

The key challenge of future forecasting: getting someone to pay you well to do that.
Rating: 5 Votes
5 weeks ago

Money says if wireless charging will only work in close proximity. Any TED demos to feature wireless charging required a charger the size of a small car and a tiny target area for the device. Mainstream real wireless charging hasn't arrived yet because it's not ready yet. Still a few years away, at least—in my opinion.


To be practical.. The wireless chargers only needs to be able to reach the distance of a current standard lightening cord
Rating: 5 Votes

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