For a long time, Apple has been rumored to integrate a fingerprint sensor into the display for the iPhone 8, which would be a first for a widely available smartphone. Sure, some people already did it, and Qualcomm even announced its own display-embedded fingerprint sensor technology. But Apple’s iPhone 8 would have been the first device to feature such a fingerprint sensor and actually ship to consumers around the world.
At the same time, rumors suggested that Apple hasn’t perfected the tech, and the iPhone 8 may not even feature a fingerprint sensor. Now, a new report from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo that was seen by 9to5Google seems to indirectly confirm those rumors.
The analyst, who’s been very accurate about iPhones in the past, now says that the iPhone 8 won’t feature an under-display Touch ID sensor. He says that Samsung will not be pressured to introduce the feature with the next Galaxy S model, suggesting that the Galaxy Note 9 will be the first Samsung smartphone to feature a display fingerprint sensor.
“Since OLED iPhone has canceled under-display fingerprint recognition/Touch ID function, and as Galaxy S9 will have the new selling points of upgraded iris recognition and dual camera, Samsung has no need to risk adopting under-display optical fingerprint solution in a hurry,” the analyst wrote.
If even Samsung can’t pull off this trick early next year, it must mean that Apple has serious issues coming up with a viable Touch ID sensor that would be placed inside the display.
Apple and Samsung are fierce enemies in the mobile business, but they’re also united by a massive partnership. Samsung would be the first to know what new features Apple plans for upcoming iPhones, as the iPhone maker sources critical parts from Samsung. The OLED display that will be mounted on the iPhone 8 is manufactured by Samsung Display. Should this display feature a fingerprint-sensing layer, it’s likely that Samsung would know about it, as Apple would have certain display requirements.
So, since the iPhone 8 won’t feature a Touch ID sensor inside the screen — and all the recent reports support this — it’s likely we won’t see one in any big-name phones until the Galaxy Note 9 and next-gen iPhone arrive in the third quarter of 2018.
An Excellent Camera Feature Upcoming Apple Device
Recently, Apple accidentally published beta software for its upcoming HomePod smart speaker — which indicated that the iPhone 8 will have a new facial recognition system called Face ID, wireless charging, and an edge-to-edge 3X Retina display. Another feature that was recently discovered in the code by a developer named Guilherme Rambo is called “SmartCam.” From what it sounds like, the SmartCam feature appears to be some form of scene selection that intelligently takes photos based on the environment within the Camera app rolling out in iOS 11. The code specifically references scenes like Baby, Bright Stage, Document, Fireworks, Foliage Pets, Sky, Snow, Sports and Sunset/Sunrise:
This definitely sounds like a natural next step for Apple’s photo algorithms as iOS 10 brought features like Photo search, Memories compilations and automatically generated Albums last year.
Through machine learning, Apple’s current Photos app can accurately identify keyword categories in photos like “dogs,” “beaches,” and “pizza.” By applying the same machine learning technology to automatic scene detection, Apple could substantially improve the quality of photos.
iOS 11 (or the next iPhone) will have something called SmartCam. It will tune camera settings based on the scene it detects pic.twitter.com/7duyvh5Ecj
— Guilherme Rambo (@_inside) August 2, 2017
Another point worth mentioning is that the “SmartCam” feature was not announced at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in June when iOS 11 was unveiled. So this means that the feature may not work on older devices like the iPhone 6S or the newer iPhone 7. SmartCam may just be exclusive to the iPhone 8 similar to how the iPhone 7 Plus shipped with dual cameras, but the smaller-sized iPhone 7 did not.
The dual lenses on the iPhone 7 Plus enables Portrait mode, which can sharpen the subject in the foreground and blur the background. Rumor has it that the iPhone 8 is going to have a vertical camera arrangement with dual lenses similar to the iPhone 7 Plus. And the iPhone 7S Plus will likely have dual lenses in a horizontal arrangement.
There’s also a lot of new references to facial expression detection pic.twitter.com/8PsPVj1QqU
— Guilherme Rambo (@_inside) August 1, 2017
Aside from scene recognition, the Camera code also referenced facial expression detections. There is code for facial expressions like “mouthsmile,” “mouthfrown” and “mouthpucker.” Hypothetically, this could be used to suggest someone to smile and it can adjust for facial expression changes in the Face ID algorithms.
The HomePod beta code also seems to indicate that the front and rear iPhone 8 cameras will both be able to record 4K video at 60fps. This seems unexpected because Apple generally makes the specs on the front-facing camera signicantly lower than the rear-facing camera.
For example, the rear-facing camera on the iPhone 7 is 12-megapixels with video recording at 4K video (30fps) and the front-facing camera is 7-megapixel with video recording at 1080p. To capture 4K video, the front-facing camera sensor would need to be at least 12-megapixels. But with the introduction of the Face ID facial recognition system, a significant enhancement of the front-facing camera does seem plausible.
iOS 11 will be arriving around the same time as the new iPhone next month and it has a number of new major features. iOS 11 has a redesigned App Drawer and Control Center, action syncing for Messages, payments through Messages, real-time language translation, editable Live Photos, editable language translation through Siri, a Do Not Disturb feature that activates while driving, a document scanner in the Notes app, a new version of AirPlay and much more.