While Apple seems to be phasing out fingerprint scanners in favor of facial recognition, sources in the Asian iPhone supply chain reportedly claim that Touch ID will actually be back next year, and better than ever.
The 2020 iPhone will also supposedly be the first with 5G as well as a 3D rear-facing sensor.
Next year’s iOS handset will include a form of acoustic-based fingerprint imaging technology that will enable full-screen Touch ID, according to analysts with Barclays. Apple received a patent on this tech way back in 2017.
Even so, this would be a bit of a reversal for the company. All of the 2018 iPhones went with Face ID. Still, Apple did once propose offering handsets with both facial and fingerprint recognition. And bringing back Touch ID would please a vocal segment of company’s customers.
3D and 5G in 2020 iPhone
In addition, sources in Asia told the analysts that a laser-based 3D camera system will be included in the 2020 iPhone lineup. This echos an earlier report, and the scanner is expected to greatly bolster the Augmented Reality capabilities of the handset.
As has been widely reported, the first 5G iPhone is almost certainly going to debut next year. Barclays’ unnamed sources in Apple’s supply chain corroborated this.
The companies in Asia that provide components for iPhones are a rich source of information about Apple’s plans, but not always an accurate one.