iPhone In-Display Fingerprint Sensor Coming 2021
Apple is tipped to introduce Touch ID with an in-display fingerprint sensor in 2021 iPhones, according to renowned Apple insider Ming-Chi Kuo.
The news will see Apple catch up with other manufacturers (e.g. Samsung, Huawei, Oppo and Xiaomi), who boast in-display fingerprint readers in select mid-range to flagship phones.
In a report obtained by MacRumours, Kuo claims the two security methods will compliment each other in 2021 iPhones, for a unified user experience.
He cites Apple patents, as opposed to supply-chain activity, for the prediction.
“In terms of technology, we predict that four critical technical issues of FOD will significantly improve in 12-18 months, including module thickness, sensing area, power consumption and lamination yield rate,” Kuo speculates.
“Therefore, we believe Apple will launch the new iPhone equipped with both Face ID and FOD to enhance security and convenience thanks to the multi-biometrics.”
Apple has been working on in-display fingerprint sensors since at least 2017, with the filing of a patent for the technology, though has yet to introduce it into its lineup of smartphones.
The company has instead gone all-in with Face ID technology for its lineup of devices.
Kuo claims by 2021 Apple will likely to use an ultrasonic fingerprint sensing solution similar to Qualcomm’s.
Of course, with any prediction like this, it’s best to take it with a pinch of salt, though Kuo does have a good track record when it comes to leaks.