Washington: KGI Securities’ analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, perhaps one of the most reliable sources of information related to Apple’s products, has once again predicted one of the key features and price of the upcoming iPhone. Corroborating with recent reports, Kuo says that the ‘iPhone 8’ will ditch the Touch ID-integrated Home button. Instead, the company will use something called a ‘function’ area, which will include an integrated fingerprint sensor.
The prediction goes in line with a patent recently granted to Apple , cementing speculations that the next iPhone may ditch its circular Touch ID sensor and have one integrated directly into the display.
In the note by Kuo, shared by Apple Insider website, the iPhone 8 is mentioned as having a 5.8-inch OLED panel in a form factor similar to the 4.7-inch iPhone 7. Furthermore, it has been mentioned that the actual active display area will be around 5.15-inch (diagonal).
The remaining bottom portion will be used for virtual buttons. Apple may also use always-on, static system controls into iOS.
Since there won’t be a Touch ID in the iPhone 8, Apple might use other security features as well. One of the features is said to be facial recognition technology using 3D laser scanning.
As for the price tag, Kuo says the feature-rich iPhone 8 will have a starting price of $1000. The price hike is said to be due to increase in production costs by up to 50-60%.
Earlier this month, a report from Fast Company website also mentioned the expected price of the handset to be over $1000. The report said that since the 256GB variant of the iPhone 7 Plus is already priced high, the upcoming iPhone X with its OLED display (among other features) could easily cross the $1000 price tag. The other two models, namely the iPhone 7s and the iPhone 7s Plus, will sport regular LCD screens.