Leading Apple analyst reveals iPhone 8 will be missing this one key feature

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KGI’s Ming-Chi Kuo, widely regarded as the leading analyst on all things Apple, has published an investor note on the upcoming iPhone 8, which claims the new handset is set to miss out on a major feature.

Kuo has a good track record when it comes to tips for upcoming Apple products.

He recently revealed Apple’s plans to release the new 10.5 inch and 12.9 inch iPad Pro models, as well as the 9.7 inch iPad, which were released earlier this year.

According to the investor note, Kuo said he believes Apple’s new premium handset, dubbed the iPhone 8, will feature a home button under the screen.

However, it will NOT include a Touch ID sensor of any kind, due to issues in getting the sensor to work through the display.

It seems Apple will remove Touch ID entirely from the phone, in favour of facial recognition.

“We predict the OLED model won’t support fingerprint recognition, reasons being: (1) the full-screen design doesn’t work with existing capacitive fingerprint recognition, and (2) the scan-through ability of the under-display fingerprint solution still has technical challenges”, Kuo said.

Removing the Touch ID sensor will help Apple to avoid delays in production, Kuo said.

Regarding the display, Kuo said it will take up most the front of the iPhone 8, meaning it will be similar in design to the Samsung Galaxy S8, but it is is expected to offer the highest screen to body ratio of any smartphone on the market.

Kuo also said that “iterative” updates of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will be released alongside the iPhone 8. The updates won’t offer any major changes but are likely to include updated processors and new 64GB and 256GB storage options.

Regarding the release date, Kuo expects Apple to unveil the new handsets in September but due to high demand, the iPhone 8 could be short supply well into the 2018.

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