But now that's reportedly been shelved.
Per generally reliable KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) won't include its popular Touch ID fingerprint authentication technology in the upcoming premium iPhone, which is commonly referred to as iPhone 8. Critically, however, this virtual button won't support fingerprint recognition. Kuo says that the iPhone 8 will support 3D sensing via the front-facing camera for facial recognition, but it's doubtful that such a system could be a complete replacement for Touch ID given how easily those systems can be spoofed. It takes in more data points than Touch ID, making it more secure, claims a source.
The improved security system could also be improved by eye scanning if ongoing tests prove successful, the report says. The technology is described as super-speedy, scanning a person's face and unlocking the iPhone in a matter of "a few hundred milliseconds". It's believed that to achieve this design, Apple will do away with the home button much like Samsung did for the Galaxy S8.
In other words, Apple's engineering team seems to have run into technical difficulties and, if Kuo's information is good (it generally is), couldn't overcome them.
Apple is said to be seeking to flawless an in-display fingerprint sensor in time for the iPhone 8, but recent reports have suggested progress is may not be ready in time, without causing long delays. ProMotion displays are capable of updating at a higher refresh rate which dramatically reduces motion blur especially when scrolling. Between the glass front and back is a stainless steel frame that houses power and volume controls, according to the report.
The report also repeats speculation that three iPhone models will be revealed at Apple's September event, but that the OLED iPhone may launch later than the two LED models.
Apple's stock is trading up 24% year-to-date. The intent of the new feature is supposedly to replace Touch ID.