Should we be worried?
It’s becoming increasingly likely Apple has elected to remove Touch ID from the front of the “iPhone 8.” Whether they’re placing the fingerprint reader somewhere else on the device or removing it altogether remains open to debate.
The latest batch of iPhone rumors began on July 3 with KGI’s Ming-Chi Kuo offering 10 predictions about Apple’s 2017 iPhone lineup. Among his predictions: The new device’s virtual Home button won’t support fingerprint recognition. Instead, the iPhone will include 3-D sensing for facial recognition and “improved selfie quality.”
A few days later, master leaker Benjamin Geskin took to Twitter and published a series of images purportedly showing Touch ID on the back of the display.
Bottom line: I remain unconvinced Apple would ditch Touch ID as we know it. Doing so could put Apple Pay in jeopardy just as it’s gaining in popularity.
What’s next. Watch for Apple to release a new round of developer and public betas as early as tomorrow, July 10. At the top of the list: iOS 11 beta 3.
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