Apple is reportedly continuing to work on bringing Touch ID back to the iPhone, with one report suggesting that it might happen within the next two or three years.
Apple famously ditched Touch ID and the Home button on the iPhone X back in 2017, and while it brought the biometric sensor back to some iPads via the power button, it’s generally relied on Face ID ever since.
That could be about to change, with a new report saying that Apple’s patents point to the return of Touch ID under the display.
Under-display fingerprint scanners have been a staple of Android phones for years, but the Korean Naver blog, penned by “yeux1122,” suggests that Apple wants to do things differently, and it has the patents to prove it. That could ensure a better performance than some of the fingerprint scanners used on Android.
This latest report does also match up with a previous one by analyst Ross Young. He’d said that Apple would use an under-display fingerprint scanner when it also places the Face ID and selfie camera under the display as well. Young expects that to happen in 2016, so it does fit in with this report that says a two or three-year timeframe is likely.
If Apple doesn’t choose the under-display option it could of course put Touch ID into the power button just as it did with the iPads, but it hasn’t gone that route so far.
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