iPhone may ditch Touch ID button, cost over Rs 70K
NEW DELHI: KGI Securities' analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, widely regarded as one of the most reliable source of information on Apple products, has sent a new research note to investors on the upcoming Apple iPhone. Widely dubbed as iPhone 8, the models to be released in 2017 will be the company's tenth anniversary editions. In the new note, Kuo has made predictions about the smartphone's pricing and design. According to Kuo's estimate, the iPhone 8 will have a starting price of $1000 (Rs 70,000 approximately). The increase in the starting price is said to be due to the jump in production costs by up to 50-60%. The starting price is in sync with an earlier report that came this month from Fast Company. The news report too claimed the price of the smartphone to be above $1000. The increase in cost is largely said to be due to the devices coming with an OLED display. As for the design, corroborating with recent reports, Kuo says in the note that the 'iPhone 8' will ditch the Touch ID-integrated Home button. Instead, the company will use something called a 'function' area, which will include an integrated fingerprint sensor. The prediction goes in line with a patent recently granted to Apple , cementing speculations that the next iPhone may ditch its circular Touch ID sensor and have one integrated directly into the display. In the note by Kuo, shared by Apple Insider website, the iPhone 8 is mentioned as having a 5.8-inch OLED panel in a form factor similar to the 4.7-inch iPhone 7. Furthermore, it has been mentioned that the actual active display area will be around 5.15-inch (diagonal).