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Analysis: Apple may Change Touch iD Structure in 2017 iPhone

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KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has released a new report that outlines some of his expectations with Apple’s 2017 iPhone. The expected updates include some structural changes, in addition to new biometric identification technology.

Details from the note were published today by MacRumors.

Kuo, a notable analyst with a good track record when it comes to predicting Apple’s hardware changes, outlined that Apple could be improving upon its 3D Touch ID technology for this year’s iPhone, in order “to complement its full-screen (zero bezel) form factor design.†He also notes that the phone could come with a flexible OLED panel, which would be accompanied by a metal structural part to prevent the OLED panel from deforming.

Kuo believes that the Touch ID system will be phased out in favor of a facial recognition system, although this could work in concert with a fingerprint reader if the “technical challenges cannot be overcome.â€