Despite Apple testing and working on the technology, the company reportedly decided that there would be a no-touch ID sensor behind the display in the soon-to-be-arrived iPhone 13 models. The only option for biometric identification for users remains Face ID.
Apple is serious about integrating Touch ID technology behind the display interface of its iPhones, which in practice would mean simply putting your finger on the phone screen and identifying/unlocking it has already happened. Reports at the beginning of the year suggested that the company was on track and that the 2021 models were already receiving this much-anticipated feature.
Now, however, Apple’s plans have changed dramatically, as Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman reports in his latest “Power On” newsletter that the Touch ID sensor behind the display will not be given to the iPhone 13. Gurman also states that Apple’s ultimate goal is to fit face ID behind the display.
The second-generation iPhone SE is currently the only device on Apple’s line-up that has Touch ID functionality. However, it reappeared in the latest-generation iPad Air device, for which Apple engineers incorporated Touch ID into the power button. Of course, Apple may choose to make the same technology available for lower-end iPhone models, while Face ID will privilege the Pro product line.
The reasons why Apple decided to cancel its original plan remain unclear. However, many believe that things are based on the Cupertino company’s quest for perfection. They did not feel that the current technology was mature enough to appear in their flagship in 2021. Alternatively, it became available to users after iOS 14.5 to unlock their iPhone with their Apple Watch.
While the outage of Touch ID under the display is disappointing for some, let’s not forget that there will be significant improvements with iPhone 13 models. Apple is putting a lot of emphasis on improving camera capabilities, including the ProRes recording format and how videos are portraited. The new devices will also have a smaller front-facing sensor island and a larger battery, and the new A15 chip will enable you to deliver even more power.