Jul 04, 2017 01:51 PM EDT
KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has released a note to investors in which he made 10 predictions related to the three iPhones slated for release in 2017. According to the predictions, the Apple iPhone 8 will not be having Touch ID feature in it.
Kuo's claim has been backed up by Bloomberg in a report suggesting Touch ID will be replaced by advanced facial recognition technology in the iPhone 8. A second tidbit suggests that the upcoming Apple iPhone 8 and its companion devices, the "iPhone 7s" and the "iPhone 7s Plus" will adopt glass bodies with metal frames to facilitate WPC-standard wireless charging functionality. WPC-standard refers to the Wireless Power Consortium that supports the Qi wireless charging functionality built into many Android devices.
According to Kuo, wireless charging will be enabled through an optional accessory which can be purchased alongside the new iPhones. The accessory won't be a default feature available out of the box. Qi wireless charging is in line with rumors that have predicted the iPhone 8 will support inductive charging rather than a true wireless charging feature, as reported by Mac Rumors.
Kuo's note also revealed that while the Apple iPhone 8 will include an embedded USB-C power delivery IC for higher charging efficiency, it will continue to ship with the same 5W power adapter equipped with a USB-A port that's included with iPhones today. A USB-A to lightning cable will also be included as a standard accessory in the box.
Another prediction includes, 4.7-inch iPhone 7s might include 2GB RAM while the 5.8-inch OLED iPhone 8 and 5.5-inch iPhone 7s would include 3GB RAM. However, what was left out is that he also believes the DRAM transfer speed of the three new models will be faster than the iPhone 7 by 10 to 15 percent for better AR performance.
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