Talk of Apple dropping Touch ID completely in favor of Face ID have been swirling around for a while now, and now there’s one more voice lending his support for this theory. KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claims the brand has cancelled plans to embed a fingerprint scanner under the screen.
The news will probably come as a major blow for fans looking forward to an under-glass Touch ID solution in the iPhone 8. Kuo himself had previously hinted that Apple would be incorporating the tech into its next iPhone, but it seems recent evidence has forced him to revise his opinion.
Kuo’s note is backed up by real evidence in the form of Apple’s HomePod firmware leak. Developer Steve Troughton-Smith hasn’t found any mention of an under-glass fingerprint scanner. What he and numerous others have found evidence of is Face ID, referred to as Pearl ID in the lines of code.
Kuo goes on to talk about how Apple ditching embedded Touch ID is good news for bitter rival Samsung since the decision will give it breathing room for 2018. The latter probably won’t feel pressured into adding the technology in the Galaxy S9, allowing it to concentrate on its iris scanner and dual cameras.
Samsung won’t lie low forever though, with Kuo stating that it’ll be ready with under-screen optical fingerprint tech when the Galaxy Note 9 rolls around. Egis might take over as its fingerprint component supplier over Synaptics for both the S9 and Note 9.