Mehdi Hosseini of Susquehanna Financial Group claims that Apple will ditch the fingerprint recognition system as it seeks to save money pay for the ramp up in production of the device with " organic light-emitting diode " displays, or OLED.
Hosseini thinks Apple is building about 90 million units of the iPhone 8 in the second half of this year, and that half of them will be using OLED display, with that percentage moving up to 60 percent in the first quarter of next year.
He said that the facial recognition software effectively makes the fingerprint reader redundant and it will get the chop.
The Tame Apple press has muttered that it is not entirely clear from Hosseini's note if he means that Apple will remove "Touch ID" entirely from the iPhone, or if he's presuming Apple will find a place for Touch ID other than under the screen. Samsung , for instance, has placed a touch sensor on the back side of its "Galaxy S8" flagship device.
However, why pay for a part which you can safely lose and no one will care about? It is much better to have a machine which can tell who you are by your vacant, open mouthed stare, and a smug aura generated by the fact that you have wasted cash on a better machine which could be had for half the price.
Hosseini confirmed that the delays with the iPhone had nothing to do with Samsung Display but were due to poor control design by Apple. The Tame Apple Press had been swift to blame Samsung Display for the delay to their favourite phone claiming that the OLED screens were faulty. Foxconn had reported poor yields with iPhone units but did not say what the cause was.