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Touch ID

This Week in Tech: Apple Must Decide What to Do With Touch ID

April 23, 2017

For Apple’s next handset, it all comes down to Touch ID. Here’s a quick look at the most recent week in technology.

Trending, April 16-22, 2017

Trending, April 16-22, 2017

Sometime in the next few weeks, Apple will have to decide which of its “iPhone 8” prototypes becomes the company’s next flagship device. The choice in recent days seems to have narrowed to two choices, although a third one shouldn’t be discounted.

The main difference between the three prototypes is how they handle Touch ID. The most innovative of the three models and the one preferred inside of Apple includes a front-facing, virtual Touch ID beneath the display.  Unfortunately, production issues remain for this model.

The second device, which we’ve been calling “Plan B,” has a physical Touch ID on the back of the device right below the Apple logo. This model is almost certainly the one Apple will select if yield issues remain for “Plan A.”

The third prototype has no Touch ID. Instead, it depends on biometric technology including iris recognition or 3-D sensors for authentication.

The Choice. I remain convinced this is a two handset race between Plan A and Plan B. As such, despite current production issues, I still think Apple will select the first option for release.

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It's Time to Spring

With spring in full swing, now’s a great time to update your accessory wardrobe. The best way to do this could be to buy a new Apple Watch. For a limited time, NikeLab is offering a limited-edition Nike+ Apple Watch.

The new watch combines a Space Gray Series 2 Apple Watch with an exclusive Light Bone/Black band. The NikeLab Innovation x Innovators logo appears on the inside of the band.

Arriving on Thursday, April 27, the limited-edition watch will be available in both a 38 and 42mm version and retail for the usual $369 and $399, respectively. They will be available on Nike’s site, NikeLab locations, and an Apple pop-up location at department store Isetan in Tokyo.

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Looking Ahead

Looking Ahead

TED Vancouver kicks off tomorrow, April 24 through April 28. On April 26, the Internet of Things Developers Conference begins in Santa Clara, California.

What was your biggest tech story of the week? Leave your comments below.