The "best Apple analyst on the planet” says Apple Inc. (AAPL) will take a huge gamble and abandon the much-loved Touch ID fingerprint sensor on all of its next-gen phones in favor of new Facial ID recognition technology. (See also: Apple, Amazon, Google, Facebook Still a Steal: MKM.)

KGI Securities' Ming-Chi Kuo, who has been the most accurate analyst on AAPL shares, reported that the Face ID feature, which is set to make its debut on the iPhone X this November, may be here to stay. According to the report obtained by MacRumors, all iPhones will likely have Face ID by 2018.

The iPhone X will come equipped with a TrueDepth camera system, powering Face ID, augmented reality and Animojis, a feature which creates custom 3D versions of popular emojis based on users’ facial expressions.

Eat My Dust, Android

Kuo indicates that the tech giant sees its Face ID technology as representing a “competitive advantage via differentiation,” and expects its Android-based rivals to lag behind for several years. The analyst suggests that releasing more iPhones with the Face ID tech in the near future could help Apple leverage this key advantage.

While it may take time for competitors to develop similar technology, completely shifting to Face ID does serve as a risky decision for Apple for a few reasons. For one, there may be various scenarios where Face ID is more difficult than the touch option, such as when users are on a run, using Apply Pay at checkout, or in a space where it’s not appropriate to pull out a smartphone. Further, while Apple is promising not to access Face ID data, the idea of the company keeping such digital records may spook people more than simple fingerprints.

Kuo adds that 2018 iPads will also add Face ID, while there is nothing yet to suggest that it will arrive on MacBooks and Macs. (See also: Buy Apple, as BofA Sees Stock Surging on Tax Plan.)

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