Apple’s iPhone face scanner is about to shift from luxury crowd-stunner to everyday smartphone tool. On Tuesday, gadget leaker “OnLeaks” shared two videos of Apple’s upcoming devices, showing new Face ID-touting 6.1-inch and 6.5-inch models that will accompany an upgraded 5.8-inch iPhone X to complete the flagship fall lineup.
The videos, produced in collaboration with Tiger Mobile, show how Apple will take the design of last year’s $999 iPhone X and bring it to more phones across its smartphone range. Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo expects the 6.1-inch model to cost just $699, ditching premium features like the OLED screen and dual lens camera, while an upgraded 5.8-inch model claims the $899 mark as a 6.1-inch model takes the $999 spot. The two videos focus on the new additions, revealing the attention to detail as Apple seeks to broaden the use of the iPhone X’s “notch” and face scanner at new price points.
OnLeaks’ videos come just days after Benjamin Geskin demonstrated new dummy models via his Twitter account, and in the same month as journalist Shai Mizrachi showing new case designs for the phones. While these leaks show the phone coming in white, Kuo claims the 6.1-inch model will come in “grey, white, blue, red and orange,” while the 6.5-inch model will also offer a gold option alongside the silver and grey. The gold option was rumored for the iPhone X, and FCC documents in April suggested the option was far into development.
The leaks also suggest that Face ID isn’t going anywhere. A May 2017 report prior to the launch of the iPhone X claimed Apple would hide a fingerprint scanner under the screen, continuing the Touch ID support introduced with the iPhone 5S back in 2013, while a report the following month claimed Apple was struggling to make the scanner work. At Face ID’s launch, the company touted its superior technology versus fingerprint scans, with CEO Tim Cook claiming that there’s a one in a million chance the face recognition scanner would unlock with the wrong face. With the “notch” still present in these dummies, and Apple’s public support for Face ID, it seems the company has little intention of reversing course — even if there are concerns over how third parties may use face data.
Apple is expected to launch the new iPhones in the fall, around the same time as the iOS 12 software update reaches consumers.