An iPhone displaying facial recognition technology on a photo of three people.

The iPhone 8 may scan your face instead of using Touch ID, according to a JPMorgan analyst. The iPhone 8 – a premium device expected to release alongside the iPhone 7s and 7s Plus later this year – may incorporate a 3D laser scanner to authenticate user identity, instead of the fingerprint-based Touch ID. There is also a possibility that all three of 2017’s new iPhones may get the feature.

The analyst notes that facial recognition could be more convenient and reliable than Touch ID, leading to increased adoption of services like Apple Pay. The scanner could also be used to create more immersive augmented reality and virtual reality experiences. The 3D laser scanner will add up to $15 to the cost of the devices, which fits with previous reports claiming the iPhone 8 could retail for $1,000 or more.

(Image via: MacRumors)

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