In a note to investors seen by AppleInsider, Kuo has said that Apple will push its Face ID technology and the underlying TrueDepth camera system into its 2018 product portfolio which will include the iPhones and iPads. Apple will do this in a move to give its devices an edge over Android smartphones. How well this translates is something we will see when the iPhone X hits store shelves. At the iPhone X launch Apple’s Face ID demo backfired. Even though the reasons were later clarified, we are waiting to see how well the tech works in the real world.
The move from Touch ID to Face ID will mark a drastic shift for Apple. Touch ID was first introduced with the iPhone 5S. The iPhone 5S was also the first smartphone to run on a 64-bit chipset and we all know how the Android flagship smartphone world reacted to that (yes, we are looking at you Snapdragon 810. We haven’t forgotten your flaws).
Analysist Kuo writes, "We believe this change will allow all new models to realize a competitive advantage via differentiation, on the back of an integrated user experience of full-screen design and TrueDepth Camera/Facial recognition/Face ID/AR applications".
This isn’t the first time Analysists have predicted the death of Touch ID. Before the launch of the iPhoen 8 and 8 Plus, it was expected that the Cupertino giant will ditch Touch ID altogether, but alas, that didn’t happen.
This doesn’t mean that advancements in fingerprint technology will be dead. Back at MWC Shanghai Qualcomm has announcing its next-gen ultrasonic fingerprint reading technology. At the event Qualcomm showed of a fingerprint sensor placed behind the display, beneath the glass and even underneath the metal back of a smartphone.
A lot of security and payment relies on Apple’s Touch ID and it will be interesting to see how all these apps migrate to Face ID. If you are one that has an evil twin you might want to reconsider getting the iPhone X. Your evil twin may have the same face to unlock the phone but he/she doesn’t have the same fingerprint.
Analysists have also said that Apple will incorporate its Face ID tech in the 2018 iPad line-up as well making Face ID uniform across its devices.
Moving over to laptops, Apple hasn’t incorporated Touch ID on the iMac and Macbook family of products and it seems unlikely that the company will incorporate Face ID on the laptop and desktop family of products. Because of the compatibility between iOS and MacOS, you can use the Touch ID on your smartphone to make payments on the Mac and we think the same will carry forward with FaceID.
The FaceID enabled iPhone X will launch in India on November 3. The iPhone X will start at Rs 89,000 for the 64GB variant. The phone will also come in a 256GB variant, which will come with a Rs 1.2 lakh price tag.