Lucknow: Apple is known for its sophisticated technology and design. In 2017, with the arrival of the iPhone X, the smartphone makers ditched its fingerprint-based TouchID system and went ahead with FaceID feature. However, as new report suggests, the company could bring its fingerprint-based TouchID system back in all new form, to enable the pandemic hit world unlock their iPhones with their masks on.
One of the most frustrating experiences of owning an iPhone during the novel coronavirus pandemic has been the inability to use FaceID while wearing a face mask. Apple is aware that its FaceID software, which has been a key selling point for new iPhones since 2017, is significantly less useful when people are wearing masks. The software can’t identify a face if its mouth and nose are covered, and most recent iPhones don’t have a fingerprint sensor.
iPhone SE successor, iPhone 12 launched last year, came with the company’s A13 chip and a physical TouchID sensor. That device was launched with the same design as the iPhone 8, which allowed enough room to include that feature, not an option with the latest full-screen iPhones.
However, according to iPhone leaks, Apple is going to bring back TouchID on its upcoming iPhone series and this time, the makers will put the TouchID sensor under the device’s display.
While there are several options available in terms of fingerprint sensor placement, such as on the power button or on the back of the phone, having the sensor front and center does make it the easiest to reach, especially when the phone is lying flat on its back. It also makes sense that Apple is adding these features now since the latest iPhone series all have OLED screens. The smartphone giant could use its rumoured always-on-display to point to the location of the in-display fingerprint sensor.
“We also view the adoption of fingerprint-under-glass, that likely is added in the 2H21 iPhones, as a structural headwind for additional 3D sensing content at Apple and could be the security feature of the future,” the leaks claimed, adding that it is not certain at this stage whether the company will use an ultrasonic fingerprint sensor or an optical scanner on its upcoming iPhones.
The leaks also claimed that the Apple could shrink the massive notch that we have seen since the iPhone X, thanks to a “more tightly integrated version of the current structured light system”. However, the iPhone analyst does not expect the LiDAR system on the back to make its way to the non-Pro variants this year.