Famed Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities is saying that Apple is abandoning Touch ID, which he thinks will be superseded by Face ID on all iPhone models coming next year.

Just a few days ago, the analyst said that iPhone X’s TrueDepth camera and 3D facial recognition have convinced Android makers that depth sensing is the way to go. That’s where the industry is headed as fingerprint scanning is becoming increasingly boring.

He wrote in yesterday’s note to clients, obtained by MacRumors:

We predict all new 2H18F iPhone models will likely abandon fingerprint recognition. We believe this change will allow all new models to realize a competitive advantage via differentiation, on the back of an integrated user experience of full-screen design and TrueDepth Camera, facial recognition, Face ID and augmented reality applications.

3D sensing, he said, will be a “key selling point” of 2018 iPhones as the TrueDepth camera and Face ID will help Apple “capitalize on its clear lead in 3D sensing design and production for smartphones.” He does not see Apple exploring under-display fingerprint technology.

Kuo also expects 2018 iPad Pro models to transition to Face ID.

If he’s right, then all iPhone models introduced next year should have a fullscreen design similar to iPhone X even if some of the upcoming models will retain LCD panels, as The Wall Street Journal suggested in January.

Smartphone fingerprint scanners won’t be going away overnight—you’ll be seeing them on budget and mid-tier Android devices for years to come—but they are going to be supplanted by more secure 3D facial recognition systems on premium smartphones like iPhone.

Here’s what Apple’s software engineering head Craig Federighi told Daring Fireball’s John Gruber on an episode of The Talk Show regarding Face ID vs Touch ID:

Honestly, we’re just all counting the days that customers can finally get their hands on these. Because I think just like with Touch ID, initially people thought oh, ‘Apple’s done something that’s totally not going to work and I’m not a believer and I’m not gonna use this feature.’

Now everyone’s worried because they can’t imagine life without Touch ID. We’re going to see exactly the same thing with Face ID.

Once people start using Face ID, any concerns customers may have will “melt away” because Face ID is “that much better,” Federighi added.

Look no further than the numbers: one in 50,000 for Touch ID versus one in a million for Face ID. No matter how you look at it, Face ID is far more secure than Touch ID and that’s enough of a motivation for Apple to roll out Face ID to future iPhone models as soon as possible.

Still, perhaps Apple should think about creating a new budget iPhone with Touch ID?

Such a device would be perfect for those who don’t necessarily want to be forced into using Touch ID or don’t need the latest tech at premium price points.

What do you think?

  • Honestly, I’m pretty disappointed by this. TouchID was a real beauty to use. I’ve just bought iPhone 8+ because the X doesn’t have it.

    And honestly, how much security is too much security? What’s the chances of someone meeting 50,000 people in their lifetime that would use their phone? Let alone a million?

    • TechnoBuff

      I agree with you on this one..
      IMHO, i think Apple added this feature to differentiate from the rest and set Iphone apart from the rest which isn’t a bad thing, but we should not be fooled to assume that FaceID was brought about due to the fact that it is significantly better than TouchID in everyday use or security flaws.

      • David Gow

        I totally agree it’s unlocked coming out of pocket even with Apple Pay coming out of my pocket works. No hitting side button twice looking at screen. Touch ID just works easy no three step process to unlock

    • David Gow

      How do u like the eight? Of it had an oled screen it would rock I imagine

  • AMB_07

    Godamnit Apple…

  • Byambaa

    Aaahhh, crap. I pull the phone while placing the thumb on the home button and it’s already unlocked when i see the display. With face ID, i after i pulled the phone, i have to stare at the display and wait for the sign if it’s the time to swipe up to fully unlock, it really sucks. Let alone i have to stop my nose picking for a few moments to unlock my phone sucks even.

  • Franklin Richards

    TouchID is just far more convenient. I can deal with without having expandable memory, 3.5mm headphone jack and UI customisation. But remove TouchID? I’m done.

  • Dao Sasone

    Lol i can imagine someone needing surgery because their iPhone x got smashed into their face while driving and attempting to unlock it

    • Rowan09

      Well a reason to stop people from texting and driving.

      • Dao Sasone

        It will never happen

    • Don Conn

      I just cant believe what I’m hearing from Apple in regard to Touch ID. Seriously they actually just perfected it with the second generation Touch ID but now all the sudden next year it’s complerely gone. I don’t buy it. I think Apple will build a haptic feedback home button on the the bottom of the screen by way of virtually done. I think Apple didn’t have the time nor resources to get this feature built in to the new X this year but we will have two options to unlock the second gen X model by face recognition and virtual Touch ID as well next year. Hell I could be totally wrong with this theory as Apple will do sone crazy off the wall kind a stunts to ensure they have an edge on the market for being the most different so who knows. I just know I like Touch ID so I ordered the iPhone 8 then yesterday decided to go ahead and order the limited edition Red iPhone 7 while you can still get bc it soon will become a collectors piece and rise in value. No I don’t want the first gen X.

  • sun

    I don’t like the idea of a laser taking tons of pictures of my face while I am in bed reading. Just doesn’t seem like the best thing. I’d rather just use my thumb when needed instead.

  • Rowan09

    Wasn’t happy about it (I’ll hold my opinion until I actually use Face ID), but I read an article on another site that found out when someone else picks up someone’s iPhone X their notifications are blocked but when someone with Face ID picks it up they can see the notification. This is a pretty neat feature if you ask me and shows why you need to swipe up for the home screen. The phone is already unlocked once you look at it, you just need to access the home screen by swiping up. It’s pretty much what they did by asking you to press the home button to access the home screen in IOS 10. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e375da7927428b2ae90d4da24fde4b7e58a5f503d4a591743f5aff077b12b361.jpg