Already in September 2013 at the iPhone 5s conference Apple Introducing the Touch ID function based on fingerprint recognition to the world. The company started a trend across the smartphone industry for fingerprint recognition. These days, even simple Android smartphones have a decent fingerprint reader. However, in 2017 Apple decided to replace Touch ID with Face ID on the iPhone X. With the iPhone X, Apple reduced the frames of its devices, which destroyed the home button. Face recognition was controlled by a series of sensors arranged on top of a wide notch solution. Oddly enough, this device also started a trend for the fingerprint scanners, the X one for the notched displays. Apple iPhone users have been missing the convenience of fingerprint scanners since 2017. However, this is the case To change with the iPhone 13 series.
According to recent reports, Apple will be using both Face ID and Touch ID on the new iPhones. Instead of a physical home button, however, the company will finally be using the built-in fingerprint scanner. This was a challenge in the days of the LCD Retina iPhones, but now that all iPhones have OLED panels, it’s easy. In fact, Apple could have used the in-display fingerprint scanner a long time ago. On the Android side of the coin, even simple mid-range phones have built-in fingerprint scanners.
The new generation iPhone will not bring about a radical redesign, but will contain a Touch ID under the display
Bloomberg reporter Mark Gurman covered Apple’s product plans for the new generation iPhone. He stated that Apple has no intention of making a very radical update for this year’s iPhone. One new major change, however, will be the under-screen fingerprint reader. The new feature combines Touch ID and Passcode so that users can easily unlock their handsets. This comes in pretty handy these days when we have to use masks most of the time. In addition to Bloomberg, the Wall Street Journal also confirmed the news.
The Wall Street Journal report quoted two unnamed former Apple employees. The duo announced that Apple is actually developing fingerprint technology under the screen. The Cupertino-based company will integrate Touch ID and Face ID into the same device. One of the staff, who reportedly worked on the new Touch ID, said Apple chose to use optical sensors for fingerprints under the screen. The company believes that optical sensing is more stable than ultrasonic sensing. In addition, Apple will adhere to the existing security standards of Touch ID technology.
When Apple introduced Touch ID on the iPhone 5s, the brand realized that at the hardware level there was an area called the Secure Enclave to protect passwords and fingerprint data. In other words, Touch ID uses “hardware lock” technology. Therefore, the Touch ID sensor in one device cannot be transferred to another device. We are curious to see if these standards will be delivered with the new sub-display sensor.