With daily rumors and speculations, Apple's iPhone8 is expected to come up with a 5.8-inch display with edge-to-edge OLED display, featuring a front-facing 3D laser facial recognition, confirmed previous rumors, Rod Hall JPMorgan analyst.
According to Hall, the scanner will replace Touch ID on iPhone 8, as Apple is planning to get rid of the Home button to allow for the edge-to-edge display.
The scanner could add $10 to $15 to the iPhone 8's price, which is coupled with the OLED display, glass casing, and with other production costs, that makes its retail price up to $100 more expensive than it would be without those features
A recent report claimed that iPhone8 could cost up to $1,000 in the United States.
According to Hall facial recognition will ease consumer frustration when Touch ID fail to work wet conditions. He added that facial identification will probably be more secure than Touch ID, which could increase the use of Apple Pay feature among banks and merchants.
3D laser scanner could also be used for other purposes, such as augmented reality, which would open interesting entertainment and gaming experiences not available today by apple today but we can expect later from apple compared to google and others but likely not until 2018 at the earliest.
Ming-Chi Kuo, KGI Securities analyst also said that the iPhone8 could feature new biometric technology that will be replacing the current fingerprint identification technology and confirmed the touch id removal rumors
Some rumors also claimed that Apple will embed Touch ID underneath the display which is also technologically possible.