In a new research note published this afternoon, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said that he believes Apple will replace Touch ID with Face ID on all 2018 iPhone models, if the feature is received well by the public.
“A key question on the minds of many investors is whether the new iPhone models to be launched in 2018 will support Touch ID (fingerprint recognition). We believe the key factors are: (1) whether or not Face ID (facial recognition) of iPhone X provide a positive user experience; and (2) the technical issues that Apple (US) will have to address with an under-display fingerprint solution. We believe Apple will replace the existing Home button-based Touch ID with the under-display solution for higher screen-to-body ratios, if it decides to bring back Touch ID.”
If Face ID is received well by consumers who purchase an iPhone X, Kuo believes that the likelihood of an adoption for all 2018 iPhone models rises. Kuo also believes that if the facial recognition feature is poorly received, Apple will revert back to Touch ID.
Consumers will get to try Face ID when the iPhone X launches in November.