Apple could release an iPhone with both Face ID and under-display Touch ID in 2021, a new report by renowned Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claims.
Before the iPhone X introduced Face ID, rumors abounded that Apple was trying to develop Touch ID that would work as part of the iPhone’s display. However, it supposedly ran into technical challenges.
Ming-Chi Kuo says Apple has now solved many of these snafus. As a result, it will supposedly be looking to incorporate both into an upcoming iPhone.
Kuo says that Apple’s in-display Touch ID tech would use a version of Qualcomm’s ultrasonic fingerprint-in-the-display system. Qualcomm first showed off a version of this technology at the Mobile World Congress Shanghai 2017.
But it’s only recently that Qualcomm and Apple patched up their relationship for the sake of future 5G iPhones. Presumably, this opens up the option of Apple using some of Qualcomm’s tech in this way.
Two forms of biometric
This would be the first time that Apple has offered two alternate forms of biometric technology on the iPhone. This is something other handset makers have already done. For instance, Samsung’s Galaxy devices include fingerprint sensing and facial recognition, although the latter is not a patch on Face ID.
Offering both Touch ID and Face ID could allow users to choose which option they prefer. It could also open up new ways of securing your device by requiring both types of confirmation for some use cases. This is something Apple previously discussed in a patent published late last year.
Would you be excited at seeing the return of Touch ID? Can you see the advantage of having both forms of biometrics in a future iPhone? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.