We are now seven months from the official launch of the iPhone 8, but, there have been many rumors suggesting the impressive features of the upcoming smartphone.
And JPMorgan analyst Rod Hall says in an investor note that Apple’s revolutionary new iPhone 8 will feature front-facing 3D laser scanner technology for facial recognition.
According to Hall, the scanner will replace Touch ID on the iPhone 8, as Apple plans to ditch the Home button to allow for an edge-to-edge display. He adds, it’s very likely that the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus, said to unveil along with the iPhone 8 later this year, will also feature facial recognition technology.
The note also says that the 3D laser could add $10 to $15 per module for Apple, which would result in the price increase. Along with that, a stainless steel and glass design, wireless charging, and a new OLED display could increase its retail price by up to $100. This matches up a recent rumor claiming that the iPhone could cost more than $1,000 in the US.
Hall believes that the new scanner will be more secure than Touch ID which doesn’t work under wet circumstances. This has been upsetting a lot of iPhone users. Plus, the scanner could be also used for other purposes, such as augmented reality and virtual reality in the near future.
Aside from the latest rumor, iPhone 8 is also said to come with wireless charging and IP68 water resistance rating with the ability to withstand 1.5 meters of water for up to 30 minutes. In particular, Apple is rumored to keep aluminum design on the new 4.7-inch iPhone model and equip the premium 5.8-inch iPhone 8 with glass with stainless steel frame.
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