We’ve heard so many rumors that Touch ID is coming back to iPhones that it sounds like a question of when, not if. But it could happen in 2022 or later, as a few other predictions suggest.
Apple moved away from fingerprint sensors in its flagship phones when it introduced the
iPhone X in November 2017, and its more expensive phones have relied solely on facial recognition since. While Face ID has been very accurate and reliable for unlocking and securely authenticating apps, users have wanted an alternate method for years – a whisper that became a clamor in 2020 as widespread use of the mask obscured. its use.
While Apple released a
‘for the problem in ‘to fix iOS 14.5 – using a paired Apple Watch to unlock your iPhone – that was barely half a measure, as it doesn’t authenticate for app functionality and also requires an expensive wearable device. On-screen touch ID would not only be useful in today’s still-hidden climate, but is really useful when facial recognition is too troublesome. Don’t take our word for it – ask any Android user, or the many iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 owners who don’t upgrade because they don’t want to lose Touch ID.
Given the continued demand for an in-screen fingerprint sensor in a new flagship iPhone, what is the likelihood of it coming to the iPhone 13?
(Image credit: TechRadar) Why onscreen Touch ID might be coming to the iPhone 13
Granted, we’ve been hearing rumors that iPhones will have onscreen Touch ID for years, including one in September 2019 saying that the
iPhone 12 would have – but even this leak suggested it could come in 2021 phones (aka the iPhone 13) instead. get the feature
Since then, other rumors have claimed that the iPhone 13 will get an on-screen Touch ID – in October 2020, leaks
“MESA uts” was coming to iPhones, “MESA” being a keyword for Touch ID and “uts” for below the screen. suggested
The rumors continued into 2021, with a Bloomberg report in January
the functionality arrived in the iPhone 13. Another to suggest suggested next to run away iOS 15, which is expected to launch with the iPhone 13, supports biometric two-factor authentication via Touch ID and Face ID. This will be exclusive to Apple’s next flagship phone, which implies that it will get an on-screen fingerprint scan.
Various Apple patents suggest the feature is coming, as a couple filed in July 2020 for a ‘
which at least suggests that the company is seriously studying the technology and, perhaps, incorporating it into their phones. Another patent too Optical fingerprint detection system suggests that cameras could get “sub-epidermal imaging” to scan veins under the skin as an even more robust authentication, although it appears to be tied to face identification rather than fingerprint detection.
Other rumors cite analysts with knowledge of Apple’s supply chain, who
the feature is coming to the iPhone 13, and will not only keep Face ID but improve it – along with other leaks Claim the front cameras will also be hidden under the screen to finally get rid of the notch. to suggest
(Image credit: Avenir) Why onscreen Touch ID might wait for iPhone 14 or later
Other rumors, like the one from early 2021
Apple employees who spoke with the citing , still suggest in-screen fingerprint sensors coming to flagship iPhones, but don’t specify a time frame. The feature will arrive, but maybe not for a while. the Wall Street newspaper
Other rumors are more specific that the feature will not come in the iPhone 13. Famous Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo
Onscreen Touch ID will come in the 2022 iPhone lineup, which likely means the iPhone 14, although it may also include a midrange successor to the predicted . iPhone SE 2020
Obviously, the rumors favor the upcoming feature on the iPhone 13, but it also reflects the nature of the rumors themselves, which often correctly predict the existence of an upcoming feature but get the timing wrong. There are many reasons why onscreen Touch ID might skip the iPhone 13 but arrive in the iPhone 14, such as if Apple hasn’t finished implementing the technology or is having issues with supply and delivery. manufacturing.
Or Apple could just withhold the feature because the company is never in a particular rush to jump on new technology, with a tendency to let others get started and iterate new things only for Apple to then develop its own very refined version. which becomes the new standard when it is released years later. Apple did this with true wireless headphones (AirPods), tablets (iPads), and even the smartphone itself, making touchscreen design the market standard when the first iPhone was released in 2007.
If Apple waits until 2022 to implement Touch ID in the display, it won’t turn people off the iPhone 13. The phone line is likely to sell well, given the success and sales of the iPhone. 12 and all flagship iPhones before it. But if this year’s Apple flagships have this feature, it could convince Touch ID holders to take the leap – and join the modern generation of smartphones.