Apple Might Bring Back Touch ID with Under-Display Technology
When the iPhone X was released in 2017, Apple introduced its Face ID technology, which has become a preference for the company’s premium products. However, according to recent rumors, it seems Apple might be reconsidering its stance on Touch ID.
A Preference for Face ID
Apple has displayed a preference for Face ID since the launch of the iPhone X in 2017. The technology is typically present on the company’s more premium products, and Touch ID is usually only available on lower-end devices and MacBooks. The question is, why did Apple forsake fingerprint biometrics on its premium smartphones?
Under-Display Touch ID Technology
According to a recent rumor, Apple might launch an iPhone featuring under-display Touch ID two to three years after under-display Face ID makes its debut. Based on most reports, under-display Face ID technology could be implemented in 2024 or 2025 at the latest. This means we can expect under-display Touch ID as soon as 2026. Such a timeframe also falls in line with a recent patent Apple managed to secure.
Unique Strengths and Weaknesses
Both Face ID and Touch ID have their unique strengths and weaknesses. There is no reason to make users choose between one and the other. This move by Apple could potentially offer users two types of biometric authentication technology.
The Irony of Under-Display Technology
It is somewhat perplexing to see Apple reverting back to Touch ID after such a decisive step. The fact that Android smartphones have had under-display fingerprint scanners for quite a while now, while Apple is still working on perfecting the technology, is ironic. Apple’s next keynote in 2026 will be worth watching.