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Apple is reportedly developing in-screen Touch ID for the next iPhone

By nanoguy ยท 8 replies
Sep 5, 2019
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  1. Apple's yearly iPhone event is right around the corner and the expectations are already set for what will be announced: three new iPhones, including "Pro" models, along with new ceramic and titanium options for the Apple Watch.

    That didn't stop Bloomberg from writing some spoilers on the company's next year product lineup. According to the report, Apple is developing an in-screen Touch ID for the 2020 iPhones.

    A lot of users are fond of the company's original biometric solution that was introduced with the iPhone 5S. With the iPhone X in 2017, Apple replaced Touch ID with Face ID, which has proven to be relatively secure but polarizing for iPhone fans. Some people prefer the fingerprint sensor's familiarity, and the last model that supports it is the iPhone 8.

    Apple is said to be testing the in-screen fingerprint technology both in its labs as well as its suppliers in Asia. Bloomberg was told the sensor would be embedded in a "large portion" of the screen so a user wouldn't need to place their finger in a specific place on it. The new Touch ID would also be paired with Face ID, as Apple is using the facial recognition camera for Portrait mode and augmented reality features like Animoji.

    The in-screen fingerprint reader is planned to debut on the 2020 iPhones -- meaning, not the ones to be unveiled a week from today. In the meantime, Samsung is trying to make a full-screen fingerprint scanner and Chinese companies like Oppo are showing off their under-screen selfie camera.

    It's also worth noting that Bloomberg confirmed a previous report that Apple is working on a spiritual successor for the iPhone SE. The new phone is going to look very similar to an iPhone 8 in terms of size and overall aesthetic and will feature a home button with Touch ID. The phone is meant to be an affordable option in addition to appealing to those that like the feel of a smaller phone.

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  2. Skjorn

    Skjorn TS Maniac Posts: 404   +226

    Oh you were trying to avoid using the sensor? We'll just turn the entire screen into a biometric scanner for you.

    People seriously want this? You can't get new prints but you sure as hell can change a PIN..
  3. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,531   +1,333

    I know plenty of people who haven't upgraded their iPhones because Apple hasn't brought back TouchID. This could be a winner. Bring back tech no one asked them to remove in the first place...
  4. antiproduct

    antiproduct TS Addict Posts: 122   +133

    Give me TouchID and USB C and I might consider upgrading my 6S. Also a headphone jack, but that might be too tough for my wish list.
  5. QuantumPhysics

    QuantumPhysics TS Evangelist Posts: 1,581   +1,177

    This makes so much more sense than simply taking the Apple logo on back and making it a touch ID sensor for the trigger finger.
    Panda218 likes this.
  6. p51d007

    p51d007 TS Evangelist Posts: 2,056   +1,319

    Nothing against apple, but I've never had one.
    I have touch & face on my phone, works "good enough" and, didn't cost nearly as much ;)
    Hexic likes this.
  7. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 3,571   +2,051

    I already use the in-screen fingerprint sensor on my Mi 9T and it works really well. It's certainly better than having it on the back were I would always touch it and waking up the screen when I was putting the phone in my pocket (or removing it).
  8. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,531   +1,333

    I have in-screen fingerprint sensor on my OnePlus 7 Pro and it works amazingly well. Just as fast as a normal sensor. I can't see why Apple didn't include it in the latest round of phones?

    Oh, that's right, it can be an upgrade feature for next year...
    p51d007 likes this.
  9. Nobina

    Nobina TS Evangelist Posts: 2,038   +1,556

    In screen headphone jacks when?

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