In the recent investor note, analysts at Barclays Research say that the iPhone 13 will “likely” have a fingerprint scanner under the display, corroborating previous reports on the matter. Barclay’s research is based on “extensive industry conversations” with suppliers in recent weeks.
According to Barclays analyst Andrew Gardiner and three of his colleagues, Apple’s upcoming iPhone 13 lineup will feature a smaller notch, and the LiDAR scanner will remain limited to iPhone 13 Pro models this year. This contradicts a report from Wedbush analyst Dan Ives which suggested that the tech giant may add LiDAR sensors in all iPhone 13 models.
iPhone 13 to feature in-display Touch ID alongside Face ID
The investor note says the adoption of “fingerprint-under-glass” is “likely” in iPhone 13, and will be a “structural headwind for additional 3D sensing content at Apple” and is likely to be the security feature of the future. Here is the excerpt from the research note, brought forth by MacRumors:
For the coming iPhone 13 cycle in 2H21, we foresee a more tightly integrated version of the existing structured light system, which will enable the long awaited reduction in the notch. On the rear, we do not anticipate Apple to broaden the adoption of the Lidar 3D sensor beyond the Pro models.
For the 2H22 product cycle, we anticipate an architectural shift from structured light to time-of-flight, allowing for an even smaller footprint. Based on our industry conversations, we do not think structured light beneath the screen is likely to be ready for mass deployment in 2H22. We also view the adoption of fingerprint-under-glass, that likely is added in the 2H21 iPhones, as a structural headwind for additional 3D sensing content at Apple and could be the security feature of the future.
Various sources like Bloomberg, Ming-Chi Kuo, and Barclays analysts have previously reported that Apple will incorporate both, in-display fingerprint scanner, and Face ID authentication, in iPhone by 2020-2021. Joanna Stern from the Wall Street Journal has also reported on the same rumor. Since iPhone 12 was launched in 2020 sans an in-display fingerprint scanner, we will just have to wait and see whether Apple will incorporate it in the next-generation iPhone models or not.
It is expected that Apple’s upcoming iPhone lineup will be identical to iPhone 12 with 5.4-inch iPhone 13 mini, 6.1-inch iPhone 13, 6.1-inch iPhone 13 Pro, and 6.7-inch iPhone 13 Pro Max models. Other rumors on the next-generation smartphones claim that some models in the lineup might feature LPTO OLED displays with support for 120Hz refresh rates, Qualcomm’s next-generation Snapdragon 5G chip, and support for Wi-Fi 6E.