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KGI: iPhone 8's 3D Touch may provide higher sensitivity and wider range of pressure levels
KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted in today's research note that Apple may adopt a combination of fingerprint and face detection sensors to supplant Touch ID.
In another note to clients obtained by MacRumors, Kuo claims that iPhone 8 will debut an enhanced form of 3D Touch technology with higher sensitivity and a wider range of pressure levels.
As you know, iPhone 8 is expected to switch from the traditional LCD IPS panel to a flexible OLED screen curved at the edges. The problem is, flexible screens can be depressed and as such don't play nice with Apple's implementation of 3D Touch which requires a flat array of 96 sensors positioned between the cover glass and the display.
Thankfully, Apple's negotiating power comes to the rescue.
According to Kuo, Apple's OLED suppliers have agreed to create bespoke display designs for iPhone 8's 3D Touch system, reinforcing it with a metal part to provide better structural support for a flexible OLED display.
Here's an excerpt from the analyst's note: