It has been speculated for some time that Apple might re-introduce the fingerprint scanning feature with a new Touch ID sensor under the display in upcoming iPhone models as early as 2022. Previously, renowned tech analyst Ming-Chi Kuo from TF Securities said that iPhone 15 would feature the new under-display Touch ID authentication expected to launch in 2023. But now, he has retracted that claim.
Previously, it was reported that iPhone 13 will offer under-display optical Touch ID alongside Face ID, and a patent “Under-display fingerprint sensing based on off-axis angular light” granted to the tech giant to substantial those claims. The filing revealed that Apple is working on the application of under-display fingerprint scanning technology.
Under-display Touch ID tech might not only skip iPhone 15 but also the next two iPhone series
Kuo shared on Twitter that, he is retracting his previous claim of under-display Touch ID launching in 2023 iPhone based on the latest market surveys. The new indicators suggest that not only iPhone 15 but iPhone 16 also will not feature the under-display Touch ID tech.
Maybe, the idea to replace the quirky notch which houses Face ID components was the inspiration behind the tech giant working to reintroduce the fingerprint scanning sensor, but the latest software upgrades to the Face ID feature have compelled Kuo to reassess his predictions.
He added that the company is likely to continue with Face ID authentication for the next few years because the latest updates have made it even more relevant. In iOS 15.4, Apple introduced the ability to unlock iPhone with Face ID while wearing a mask and Kuo believes that is a “great” solution.
I previously predicted iPhones would support under-display fingerprint sensing/Touch ID in 2023 at the earliest. But the latest survey indicates new iPhones in 2023 & 2024 may not adopt under-display Touch ID. Face ID with a mask on iPhone is already a great biometrics solution.
It also speculated that Apple might adopt a “punch-hole” display technology in iPhone 15 models which will allow the company to house Face ID and selfie camera components under the display.