The advent of Face ID started an epic saga known as “The destination of Touch ID”. Its main storyline, as the name implies, is the worldwide doubt of what will happen to Apple’s digital reading system – some bet on its survival as a complementary security element, while others think it will disappear quickly in favor of technology facial recognition.
Some weeks ago, Ming-Chi Kuo, from KGI Securities (the most accurate analyst in the world at Apple), had opined that Touch ID still had a chance to survive: if Face ID was not very well received by the public or there was a problem with its production pace, Apple could bring the digital reader back – be it in a new technology incorporated into the screen or even in the back, as many manufacturers already do. Now, the analyst comes back with an update of his opinions on the subject and, well, they have changed – in a way.
According to a note sent to investors and obtained by the 9to5Mac, Kuo now bets his chips on a death very close to Touch ID on iPhones. According to him, Apple will implement the TrueDepth camera, which allows facial recognition, in its entire smartphone line next year, once and for all filing the digital reader of its devices and paving the way for a complete disappearance of technology throughout its line – after all, all the paradigms that debut on the iPhone end up following other Apple products, such as iPads and Macs. It was like that with Touch ID itself, after all.
Kuo also says that 3D recognition will be a “big differentiating point in marketing” for iPhones in 2018, and that Apple should soon overcome the supply chain problems that are causing a certain delay in the manufacture of the iPhone X.
Android smartphone makers, in turn, will rush to try the development of some similar technology and may also gradually put the implementation of digital readers aside, the analyst says. Finally, he says that the biometric sensor integrated into the screen will end up not gaining momentum in the industry due to its difficulty in implementation and a price much higher than the alternatives.
Of course, it is too hasty to issue a judgment about these statements now. For two reasons: first, we are not sure whether Kuo’s predictions will become true; secondly, the iPhone X has not yet reached consumers, and therefore we cannot say what the experience of using Face ID is in the real world.
Obviously the chances are that the technology is a disaster and does not have the same usability as the Touch ID, but something tells me that Apple would not take such a drastic step if it did not have full confidence in the capability of the feature to replace the digital reader with praise. .
Let’s wait and see, shall we?