iPhone 16 Won’t Bring Back Touch ID, Report Claims
The iPhone 16 won’t bring with it the return of the famous Touch ID feature, according to a new report.
The biometric authentication feature is currently used on a number of devices including the iPhone SE and iPad Air, but it hasn’t been used on a modern iPhone for a while.
That’s apparently going to change at some point in the future with Touch ID making a return under the display according to some reports. But it won’t happen in the iPhone 16.
That’s according to a report by MacRumors citing an integrated circuit expert on Weibo with a record of getting these kinds of predictions correct. The tipster reportedly shared the details on the Chinese social network Weibo.
In a new post, they explained that most of the equipment originally used to manufacture the chips required for the iPhone’s version of Touch ID has apparently now been permanently shut down, with the only remaining units used for the third-generation iPhone SE, suggesting that Apple has no plans to resurrect Touch ID as a method to authenticate on the iPhone in the immediate future.
As for the iPhone SE, that’s expected to switch to Face ID with the fourth iteration, but rumors have suggested that under-display Touch ID will appear within the next few years. With that in mind, it seems likely that Apple will then do away with Face ID moving forward.