APPLE fans could be in for a “nasty surprise” when the iPhone 8 is unveiled.
That’s according to a serial leaker who claims to have access to all the gossip in the supply chain to reveal exactly what’s lies in store.
Gordon Kelly, a Forbes tech whizz, reckons you’ll be using the iPhone 8 VERY differently to earlier versions.
Kelly claims that Tim Cook has forfeited the Touch ID for a facial recognition unlock system similar to the Samsung Galaxy S8.
This would be a huge update for Apple fans.
Touch ID has been used to secure the phone since 2015 and is an important feature for Apple payments.
But soon, you might just have to look into the camera to open up your phone and banking apps.
“As it stands most of my sources believe Touch ID will not feature on the iPhone 8 (putting huge pressure on ‘Face ID’), despite suggestions it could be hidden in a curiously enlarged power button,” Kelly reported.
It appears to be backed up by analysts BlueFin, who stated in a report: “It is our belief at this time that fingerprint sensing will NOT be included at launch”.
There’s been lots of speculation about what the new iPhone might have. Early leaks suggested there would potentially be a Ferrari version of the device, with the super-deluxe device designed to impress.
Analysts have claimed that Apple won’t even call the new gadget the iPhone 8 and it will be instead called the iPhone Pro.
Apple had been expected to release the iPhone 8 in September 2017, in keeping with its annual autumn launch of major new products.
The iPhone 7 was launched on 16 September 2016, so a similar mid-September date seemed most likely.
However, according to the Economic Daily News technical problems mean it could be delayed by weeks due to “technical issues” with the hotly anticipated curved screen and 3D camera.
Other rumours have suggested that delays in the handset’s new fingerprint sensor mean its release could be delayed until October at the earliest.
And some analysts believe that there won’t be a new Apple iPhone launch until 2018.