IPhone 8 Fingerprint Sensor May Not Be In The Display

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Noted Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicts that while the iPhone 8 won't have a home button, the fingerprint sensor won't be inside the display.

9to5Mac got hold of the report and it even elaborates on features like the 5.8-inch OLED display (5.2-inch usable after removing the function area from below).

The Apple iPhone 8 is among the smartphone industry's most anticipated releases this year and as with past iPhone releases, the iPhone 8 has also been subject to its share of rumors over its potential features. Generally, the rumor mill has indicated that the iPhone 8 will have a much bigger screen to body ratio than previous models and a Touch ID fingerprint sensor embedded in the display.

Meanwhile, the OLED iPhone 8 is expected to cause many smartphone manufacturers to follow suit in the future.

Kuo said the iPhone 8 will feature support for facial recognition, meaning a user should be able to look at his or her phone to unlock it.

Three new models will all come with 64GB and 256GB storage options. "The 4.7" version may only have 2GB of DRAM, says Kuo. The new phone will have glass on both the front and back that curves at the edges. In a separate note, KGI also notes that Qualcomm's recently demoed in-screen fingerprint scanning is not ready, and won't be shipped anytime soon, dampening Apple's plans further. The nearly bezel-less display is also seen in the photos. "Apple is reportedly in talks with LG Display to invest about KRW 2 to 3 trillion ($1.75-2.62 billion) into the South Korean display maker's new OLED production lines exclusively dedicated to Apple orders", the report says. The AI chip is internally called the Apple Neural Engine and would improve battery life by handling tasks like image recognition and typing suggestions, Bloomberg News reported in May.

That's a really frustrating trade-off to force customers to make, and the reality that the most expensive iPhone won't be, unequivocally, Apple's "best" iPhone might not sit well with potential buyers.

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