Apple will soon release the long-awaited iPhone 8. The revolutionary device comes with many changes that are meant to improve security and to optimize the sharp look of the phone.
One of the first changes that Apple will apply to iPhone 8 and were made public includes the removal of the Home button. Thus, iPhone 8 will have a display from edge to edge. Also, the rumors suggest more updates that some will love and others might find not so pleasant.
According to Rod Hall, a JPMorgan analyst, Apple plans to replace the Touch ID feature with a 3D laser scanner that can perform facial recognition. This might be a step further in the improvement of the security features.
The rumors on the update attracted some negative commentaries from the users. And they do not know all the details yet. The costs of a 3D facial recognition feature go from $10 to $15 on the bill of materials. This, added to the new features including the edge to edge display, steel casing, and OLED display, would mean a raise in the production costs. This raise might lead the price of the iPhone 8 to reach $1,000 in the United States.
Hall declared that the removal of the Touch ID was mandatory to achieve the edge to edge design of the display. Also, Apple stated of many complaints they received on the Touch ID during wet conditions. This is why they took the decision to drop this feature and introduce the 3D facial recognition tool that is more secure and works better in augmented reality contexts.
Also, Hall thinks that the introduction of 3D recognition techniques in iPhone 8 will open the way for other developers to work on and improve this technology. If such a technology becomes more accessible, the quality of life can be greatly improved.
The earliest date when an official announcement regarding iPhone 8 is expected is June 5th, at WWDC 2017 event. If this proves true, it will be the first hardware announcement that Apple will make in seven years.
Many users might not see the benefit of a 3D facial recognition tool and regard it as too sophisticated and difficult to use. However, many experts agree that such a technology can only bring benefits.
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