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New report suggests iPhone 8 will not feature in-screen Touch ID

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The possibility of in-screen Touch ID on the iPhone 8 is growing smaller by the week.

KGI Securities’ Ming-Chi Kuo no longer believes that in-screen Touch ID will make its debut on the iPhone 8, according to a note to investors obtained by AppleInsider. Kuo–who has a solid Apple prediction track record–was one of the first to report on the Cupertino-based company’s efforts to embed Touch ID in the screen back in January.

Up until this point, word on the street was that in-screen Touch ID was still a possibility. A report from Fast Company in early July indicated that their source thought an embedded fingerprint sensor was still the most likely option. Now, it seems plausible that Apple will shift its efforts to perfecting the facial-recognition biometrics that have been rumored to replace Touch ID and that were confirmed by hidden code in the HomePod software.

The lack of a home button–and Touch ID–will be sure to turn some heads. If both of those end up being removed from the final device, it will mark the boldest design change in the history of the iPhone.

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