Apple is Testing Facial Recognition to Unlock iPhone 8

The good news for iPhone fans is that if fingerprint recognition really has been abandoned then the release of the iPhone 8 will not have to be delayed until next year. But now that's reportedly been shelved.

Had Apple been able to bring its in-display fingerprint recognition solution to this year's iPhone model, then it could have been first to market with a seriously cool and innovative feature. The feature may also incorporate eye-scanning technology. It can scan a user's face and unlock the iPhone within a few hundred milliseconds, the person said. This 3D scanner would, potentially, work as a face scanner, unlocking the iPhone with the user's face rather than with their finger.

Lastly, a separate report from the Korea Herald claims that Apple is close to striking a deal with LG to make OLED displays for iPhones in the future.

The KGI report claims that the "technical challenges" introducing fingerprint recognition to the rumored OLED iPhone 8 will result in it being removed altogether, citing the "disappointing scan-through of [the] OLED panel" as one of the reasons behind its removal.

This adds credibility to other reports that showed that Apple has been working on a variant that features a fingerprint reader relegated to the back of the phone, below the Apple logo. The edge-to-edge display's only break will be a cutout in the glass to fit in the earpiece, front facing camera, and facial recognition sensor, one of the people said. Much debate has ensued with regard to where the Home button's displaced Touch ID fingerprint scanner will end up.

Meanwhile, backing up earlier rumors, Kuo predicted that Apple is planning to roll out three new iPhones this fall: the 5.8-inch OLED version with an "all-new design" plus two LCD models measuring 4.7 inches and 5.5 inches.

Apple's stock is trading up 24% year-to-date.

To replace the Touch ID sensor, this 3D scanning feature would need to be faster and more accurate than its predecessor.

  • Joey Payne