Featured Image for Will the iPhone 8 be unlocked with facial recognition?

Will the iPhone 8 be unlocked with facial recognition?

Apple doesn’t like leaks. Not at all.

But rumours are OK, because it means people are excited to see the next product. According to Apple’s annual schedule, the iPhone 8 will be released in a few months and Apple watchers are sharing their insights and predictions.

Of course, these are just rumours at this point.

The most notable – and generally most trustworthy – Apple analyst is Ming-Chi Kuo. He has released ten predictions ahead of the September release.

First up, Kuo believes that Apple will have three iPhone models on offer – a 4.7”, 5.2” & 5.5”, which will all offer 64GB and 256GB storage options.

Insights into sizing are fine n’ dandy, but what has people REALLY excited is the possibility that Apple’s iPhone 8 screen will be something special, and particularly futuristic.

Kuo predicts that the iPhone 8 will have the “highest screen-to-body ratio of any smartphone currently available worldwide”, and that the OLED screen will feature a virtual Home button but will not support fingerprint recognition. The fingerprint scanner won’t sit at the back, like the Google Pixel, but will be removed completely.

“We predict the OLED model won’t support fingerprint recognition, reasons being:

  • the full-screen design doesn’t work with existing capacitive fingerprint recognition,
  • the scan-through ability of the under-display fingerprint solution still has technical challenges, including: (i) requirement for a more complex panel pixel design; (ii) disappointing scan-through of OLED panel despite it being thinner than LCD panel; and (iii) weakened scan-through performance due to overlayered panel module.


With the advanced facial mapping we have at hand (*sigh* Yes, Snapchat), it’s easy to understand why Apple would view facial recognition as a secure way to unlock personal devices. In saying this, nothing hinted at this at Apple’s WWDC keynote a few weeks ago. Apple won’t release half-baked facial recognition access to iPhones, so even if we skip this feature in September it’s still conceivable that future iPhone models will make use of this tech.

About the author

Larissa is Techly’s Assistant Editor. She watches so much Youtube that she’s narrowed down her favourite categories – goats, innocent dads getting pranked, and toddlers falling over.

Leave a comment