iPhone 13 could feature in-display optical Touch ID along with Face ID

Apple has been working on in-display optical Touch ID for iPhone 13, to work alongside Face ID. This bit of news has come from a Wall Street Journal piece by Joanna Stern, in which she talks about rumored iPhone 13 features such as in-display fingerprint scanning, 120Hz display, and periscope zoom lens.

Although all the three features covered in Jonna’s article have been reported by other sources before, only the first feature, in-screen fingerprint technology, has some slightly newer details. Other features such as 120Hz display and periscope zoom lens have been referenced from Ming-Chi Kuo, who has been reporting about them for a while.

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iPhone 13 could feature both Touch ID and Face ID

It has been reported by various sources like Bloomberg, Ming-Chi Kuo, and Barclays analysts that Apple will incorporate both, under-display fingerprint scanner, and Face ID authentication, in iPhone by 2020-2021. Now that 2020 has passed and iPhone 12 only shipped with Face ID, all eyes are on iPhone 13 to see if it ships with the under-display fingerprint sensor that customers have been waiting for. Joanna’s report says that Apple has been working on the technology:

Apple has been working on in-screen fingerprint technology and has considered including both Touch ID and Face ID on the same device, two former Apple employees told me. While they couldn’t confirm the company’s plans, other reports, including one from Bloomberg, say Apple is testing in-screen fingerprint sensors in its next iPhone.

The report goes on to say that Apple is working with optical sensors, instead of ultrasonic sensors, for under-display Touch ID. Not only will it have to meet the security standards of Apple’s Touch ID implementation on other devices, it will also have to be fast and reliable.

A former Apple employee, who worked on Apple’s Touch ID, said the company had been working with optical sensors for in-screen fingerprint reading. The person said optical sensing can be more reliable than ultrasonic… The former employees stressed that whatever solution Apple went with, it would have to meet the security standards of its current Touch ID, which is still used on the iPhone SE, the iPad and MacBooks.

DigiTimes had previously reported that the 2021 iPhone will feature a periscope lens, however, Ming-Chi Kuo, who has a more reliable track record, reported that improved auto-focus and periscope lens will be part of the 2020 iPhone.

Regarding 120Hz high refresh rate displays, it is expected that iPhone 13 Pro models will feature LTPO displays with ProMotion support. These displays will be provided by Samsung and LG.

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