Apple will from 2017 abandon its current TouchID fingerprint system entirely, as its radical FaceID system is set to come to the entire iPhone line.
According to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, all 2018 iPhone models will move to Face ID.
Ming-Chi Kuo also predicted that the iPad Pro would gain Face ID next year. Just last month he issued a note in which he said the future of Face ID depended largely upon consumer reaction to the iPhone X.
The analyst writes that 3D sensing will be a ‘key selling point’ of all new 2018 iPhone models and says TrueDepth cameras and Face ID will help Apple ‘capitalize on its clear lead in 3D sensing design and production for smartphones.’
Kuo also predicted that the iPad Pro would gain Face ID next year. However, the modules needed for FaceID are still causing major production issues for Apple just weeks before its iPhone X launch, it has been claimed.
The firm’s suppliers are still struggling to perfect manufacturing of the iPhone X’s TrueDepth camera and 3D facial recognition system, according to Japan’s Nikkei Asian Review.