It seems like smartphones have been in our lives forever. With the amount of time people spend on these tiny screens, it’s hard to remember how we functioned before they existed. Alas, the Apple’s iPhone (arguably the world’s first smartphone) made its debut in January 2007, just over ten years ago. Since then, there have been several competitive models coming onto the scene from the likes of Samsung, AT&T, Motorola and Blackberry.
This fall, however, Apple is unveiling the latest addition to its line of smartphones, the iPhone 8. Of course, as time goes on, rumors start to float around the internet and amongst tight-knit technology circles. Through some CSI level detective work, freelance writer Gordon Kelly contributed a news story to Forbes about what data privacy feature may be missing from the soon-to-be released Apple iPhone 8.
Through the case maker, Nodus, along with Kelly’s contacts, he was able to get his hands on a late-stage prototype of the upcoming iPhone 8. Nodus’ specially made cases for this new iPhone, the Access Case and the Shell Case, indicate that there will be a 5.8-inch screen display and a very sleek design that includes fast, wireless charging and a vertically aligned rear dual camera.
The issue that’s come to light in the review of this latest prototype and cases is that Apple may be doing away with Touch ID, which allows people to unlock their phones by using their fingerprints, a biometrics feature that increases data security. While it’s entirely possible to add this cybersecurity feature in at a later date, Kelly shared that the pressure is on with Apple’s new Face ID facial recognition biometrics software offering. The true test of whether or not the decision to mix things up by removing the data privacy Touch ID feature will come as soon as the new iOS system becomes available to the public.
And, as always, we’re sure the public will be waiting with bated breath for the grand unveiling of the new iOS device by Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook.