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Apple is set to include a rage of new features in the iPhone 8
The iPhone 8 is set to be one of the biggest launches of 2017.
Apple’s next device is due to be the company’s most significant launch of the year, promising a huge hardware upgrade and what is though to be a radically different design.
Now, a new report has claimed that the iPhone 8 will feature a much more personal way to interact with your device that could do away with fingerprint scans altogether.
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The information comes from JPMorgan analyst Rod Hall, who MacRumors claims says that the iPhone 8 will include a front-facing 3D laser scanner in place of the existing TouchID system.
Similar to the iris scanner system most recently seen in the doomed Samsung Galaxy Note 7 (and heavily rumoured to be present in the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S8) the sensor will be used for facial recognition in order to unlock the device.
Replacing the fingerprint scanner with a different biometric solution would mean Apple might finally be able to overcome some of the most troubling issues with TouchID, such as the sensor not working when wet, or when the user is wearing gloves.
The iPhone 8 might feature a fingerprint scanner embedded directly into the glass
But a new eye scanner could be just part of the iPhone 8, after a separate report claimed that Apple may also include a fingerprint reader built right into the device’s screen.
This came after a new Apple patent for an advanced phone display was published today by the US Patent and Trademark Office.
The patent, for an “interactive display with IR diodes,” would allow Apple devices to read fingerprints directly through the screen, instead of by relying on a dedicated fingerprint reader built into the home button.
If true, this would be the latest significant addition to rumours that claim Apple is set to ditch a physical home button from the iPhone 8.
Earlier this week, Apple tipster and KGI Research analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who claimed that the iPhone 8 will replace the current front screen design with something completely new.
The current physical home button will be replaced by a “function area” that will change depending on the app or feature being used.
Similar to the Touch Bar interface seen on the current premium MacBook laptops, the feature area could display volume levels to adjust your music, or precise controls for a game.
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Apple had long been expected to drop the iconic Home Button for the iPhone 8, hiding the fingerprint sensor technology underneath the glass display instead.
Reports earlier this month highlighted a recent patent awarded to Apple for a new design technique called, "quantum tunnelling".
This technology would allow iPhone 8 users to control their devices no matter how they pick it up – with touch-sensitive sensors on the real of the phone allowing them to scroll their way around without needing to touch the screen.
Doing so would eliminate the need for any physical buttons on the front of the iPhone 8.
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Apple is tipped to launch a trio of new handsets later this year, including two minor upgrades, likely dubbed iPhone 7S and iPhone 7S Plus, with a possible new red colour scheme and updated internals.
But there will also be a more premium, larger-screen model featuring a more impressive spec sheet than either of its siblings – codenamed Ferrari, according to the manufacturing documentation.
The current iPhone line-up offers either a 4.7-inch panel (iPhone 7) for a 5.5-inch form factor (iPhone 7 Plus).
Apple will show off a new industrial design – dropping the aluminium unibody in favour of glass on the front and back of the device, surrounded with a metal bumper.
The OLED display is also rumoured to be curved, wrapping around the device and shrinking the physical footprint of the device.
The latest reports also claim that the 5-inch iPhone 8 will be the only one of Apple's next-generation devices to ship with wireless charging.