Apple will ditch Touch ID fingerprint-scanning security from all of its 2018 iPhones, with all models instead equipped with Face ID to allow users to unlock their phones by looking at them.
That’s the bold claim made by Ming Chi Kuo, the analyst who regularly nails his predictions about Apple. He was among the first, earlier this year, to suggest the iPhone X would not come with a fingerprint scanner.
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Kuo says Apple is making the move to help set the iPhone apart from its Android rivals.
Reports at the time of the iPhone X’s launch claimed that Apple had never wanted to place a fingerprint scanner beneath the display of its new flagship phone.
That's despite a series of rumours saying the California company spent months exploring the possibilty.
With no fingerprint scanner, Apple will instead turn to Face ID to secure payments and unlock its iPhones.
Apple's face-scanning security has been widely lauded as safer and easier to use than versions on rival handsets, despite a high profile glitch during the iPhone X launch event.
The news comes as Samsung is reported to be priming an in–screen fingerprint scanner for next year’s Galaxy Note 9.