What was once remote is becoming increasingly likely: Apple will launch a new fingerprint reader on future iPhones, according to a new report by Bloomberg. The news corroborates some rumors that started circulating last July about a possible version of Touch ID embedded in the screen, a possibility that was also raised by TF International Securities analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo.
More precisely, Mark Gurman inferred that the new implementation of Touch ID may occur in addition to Face ID, allowing users to authenticate using both fingerprints and the face.
The next fingerprint reader would be incorporated into the screen, allowing the user to scan their fingerprints across a large portion of the display, and would work in conjunction with the existing Face ID system.
According to Bloomberg, the technology is being tested within Apple and among the company’s suppliers in some countries, with the possibility that the novelty will reach iPhones next year – or later in 2021, according to people familiar with the matter.
In this sense, Apple’s partner companies in the manufacture of iPhones have proven that they are capable of successfully integrating the new technology, but not on a large scale. Thus, the launch of this iPhone (which may include other major changes in design) will apparently depend on the results with the prototypes and the production capacity of the factories.
By offering both Touch ID and Face ID, Apple would increase the convenience and speed of unlocking the iPhone (so that one would compensate for the other). In addition, if the Touch ID is, in fact, integrated into the gadget, Apple will be able to maintain the design introduced with the iPhone X, improving the overall user experience.
THE Bloomberg also “confirmed” the news released yesterday by the Nikkei that Apple would launch a new low-cost iPhone which is popularly being called “iPhone SE 2” in 2020. For Gurman, the possible gadget it will have a revised design similar to that of the iPhone 8 and would retain the Touch ID (second generation).
True or not, the fact is that next week we will get to know the new iPhones and what technologies Apple reserves for its next generation of smartphones, especially with regard to the device’s rear camera system.