Arthur J. Villasanta – Fourth Estate Contributor
Cupertino, CA, United States (4E) – Apple, Inc. will remove the Touch ID fingerprint sensor in all iPhones to be introduced from 2018 onwards.
KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who remains famous as “the best Apple analyst on the planet,” said Apple will abandon the well-received Touch ID feature and will not include it in any next generation iPhones.
Kuo said Touch ID will be completely replaced by the untested Face ID facial recognition technology that has drawn an immense amount of praise and criticism.
He said Apple is switching to Face IDF big time because this tech has “a competitive advantage via differentiation.” It will take several years for Android-based rivals such as Samsung to match Apple’s existing Face ID technology.
Some tech pundits, however, believe Apple is on the wrong side of history in its decision to rely solely on Face ID and not regard this tech as part of a broader biometrics security strategy.
On the minus side for Apple is the fact the first iPhones to have this feature (iPhone 8, 8 Plus and X) haven’t all hit store shelves, so there’s no way of gauging consumer reaction to Face ID or tweaking bugs that are bound to arise.
iPhone X (pronounced iPhone 10) will start accepting pre-orders on Oct. 27, with shipping to begin on Nov. 3. On the other hand, the new iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus started shipping on Sept. 22.
These pundits point out that biometrics work best in combination. So, the better deal is to have Touch ID along with Face ID on an iPhone. Apple’s decision to go it alone with Face ID does little to improve security over Touch ID, as tests have shown.
And, in a slap to Face ID, Apple has suggested Face ID shouldn’t be used by identical twins.
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