KGI: iPhone 8’s 3D Touch may provide higher sensitivity and wider range of pressure levels

By , Jan 21, 2017

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted in today’s research note that Apple may adopt a combination of fingerprint and face detection sensors to supplant Touch ID.

In another note to clients obtained by MacRumors, Kuo claims that iPhone 8 will debut an enhanced form of 3D Touch technology with higher sensitivity and a wider range of pressure levels.

As you know, iPhone 8 is expected to switch from the traditional LCD IPS panel to a flexible OLED screen curved at the edges. The problem is, flexible screens can be depressed and as such don’t play nice with Apple’s implementation of 3D Touch which requires a flat array of 96 sensors positioned between the cover glass and the display.

Thankfully, Apple’s negotiating power comes to the rescue.

According to Kuo, Apple’s OLED suppliers have agreed to create bespoke display designs for iPhone 8’s 3D Touch system, reinforcing it with a metal part to provide better structural support for a flexible OLED display.

Here’s an excerpt from the analyst’s note:

Apple may switch to a film sensor from the current FPCB 9 (Flexible Printed Circuit Board) sensor in order to provide better 3D Touch user experience, as a film sensor offers higher sensitivity. Also, we expect the new OLED iPhone will come with a flexible OLED panel.

To avoid deforming the form factor of the flexible OLED panel from touch operation pressure, a metal structural part will be placed under the film sensor to provide more robust structural support.

Kuo also contends that Apple is working on an optical fingerprint sensor for iPhone 8 that may augment or supplant the Touch ID capacitive sensor for biometric verification.

Apple may eventually replace fingerprint scanning with full-face recognition for authentication and unlock. On the flip side, technical and manufacturing challenges could hinder Apple’s plan for a new form of biometric verification.

Aside from iPhone 8’s all-glass design based on a flexible OLED display with a nearly zero-bezel look, Apple should also release this year iterative updates to the current iPhone 7 series in the form of LCD-based iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus models.

Source: MacRumors

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  • Ara Rezaee

    I’m not complaining but a bigger battery and a better camera would do more good than these niche features

    • Rowan09

      Battery life on phones will range from 8-14 hrs. Using OLED and a new pocessor will help the battery life significantly.

      • John Smith

        OLED actually consumes more battery than LCD depending on how many pixels are displayed

      • Rowan09

        In general LED’s are low power and unlike LCD doesn’t have a backlight.

      • Ara Rezaee

        Irrelevant

      • XZavier

        How is that irrelevant????

      • Ara Rezaee

        iOS UI is mostly white, all the apps are also white, OLEDs save power when they are turned off (i.e. showing black) and the chip’ advancements are not going to make a meaningful difference (the diff will be the same as every other iteration)

      • Rowan09

        LCD backlight is always on while LEDs are turned on when needed.

      • Ara Rezaee

        Do you even read my comments dude? I literally just said the same thing in the comment above and then I provided a reason why thats not going to have an impact

      • Rowan09

        But you’re wrong. LEDs are low power and the processor is a big part of saving power as well. As I stated though battery life will only be about 8-14 hours. Don’t expect to see 24-48 hrs on battery life right now.

      • Ara Rezaee

        1. I’m very rarely wrong. 2. Did I say I expected anything? I said Apple better focus on what matters rather than obsessing over “niche” features 3. You said and I quote “Using OLED and a new pocessor will help the battery life significantly.” I said you were wrong for this and that reason, you even seem to contradict yourself when you say “battery life will only be about 8-14 hours” because the 7/7+ already have that kind of battery life and if OLED and a new soc is going to help “significantly” then that number should be higher, something like 20 hrs

      • Rowan09

        Yes with light usages you may get better times than with LCD but heavy usage will be about the same time. You’re right maybe I shouldn’t have said significantly, but you’ll definitely see an improvement for the better.

  • Y2J: Keeper of the List

    Personally, I hope they don’t drop Touch ID as it seems to finally be perfected on the 7 and i’m worried we’ll “restart” if they switch to a different technology.

  • Agneev Mukherjee

    I hope Tim’s doppelgänger isn’t KGI!

  • lou111

    And the chip will be faster, camera will be better than amy iPhone ever had, screen will be better, 3d touch will be even more sensitive, and the color will be more colorful than they ever created. 8 will be more 8 than any 8 ever before:)

  • I really hope that Apple will stop using 720p displays on the normal iPhone models. Just doesn’t make sense anymore to have that resolution on a flagship device in 2017.

    • tariq

      I didn’t know iPhone uses 720p. That’s so sad.

      • It’s 1334×750 but it doesn’t bother me. Just hope that Apple will increase the resolution.

      • tariq

        if rumors are true, the display will be as good as Samsungs

      • Ara Rezaee

        It’s actually 750p and its perfect for that size.

  • 5723alex .

    KGI spreads rumors faster than Trump Tweets.