IPhone 8 Chaos? Key Feature Now in Serious Doubt

Details of the 4K Apple TV pop up in the HomePod firmware

References to 4K Apple TV With HDR Support Have Been Spotted in HomePod Firmware

In a breather to its rival Samsung, Apple has chose to give its Touch ID security solution for its forthcoming "iPhone 8" handset a pass and will instead rely on face unlock feature for all works, an analyst has said. Well-known Apple analyst Ming Chi-Kuo of KGI Securities has written this in a note to investors, and given that in the past Kuo has got his Apple predictions spot on, this latest report can't be dismissed so easily. There were also some claims that Apple will completely drop Touch ID in the iPhone 8 in favor of Face ID which might be a bad idea as the facial recognition system is only making its debut. The iPhone 8 will feature a 5.1in bezel-less edge-to-edge OLED display to be made by Samsung. Developers can already use the Touch ID sensor with recent iPhones.

It was just a week ago that developers discovered evidence of iPhone 8 facial scanning in the Apple HomePod's code.

Whether Apple will be able to integrate the fingerprint scanner into the display remains to be seen, but at this point there's nothing to confirm that will be the case.

The new specifics about the feature follow a bevy of other iPhone 8 details found in HomePod firmware code last week.

Following on from the success of the dual camera module introduced with the iPhone 7 Plus, Apple is believed to be introducing an all new vertical camera module which will allow for picture flawless Portrait Mode imagery as well as 4K video at 60fps according to code recently discovered within HomePod firmware.

The vastly improved front camera sensor of the iPhone 8 might be for a reason, however, and it's not just so that you can use the advanced HEVC video codec to Facetime your friends in 4K but something perhaps more important to Apple's future strategy. Earlier tipster Sonny Dickson shared dummy models of the upcoming iPhone 7S Plus smartphone with 9to5Mac.

Meanwhile, GSMArena has obtained what could be the first "live" image of the back of the iPhone 8.

Reports have also indicated iPhone 8 will be capable of shooting 4K videos at 60 frames per second.

The iPhone 8 camera is also expected to be able to detect different types of scene and to choose the best camera settings accordingly. Apple iPhone 8 will mark the tenth anniversary of the iPhone since its original launch in 2007.

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