Apple ditched its physical fingerprint scanner, Touch ID, a couple of years ago, in favour of facial recognition technology (Face ID) on the iPhone X. Last year, Apple completely ditched any models with Touch ID to go the Face ID. However, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has come out with a new report claiming that Apple is set to bring back Touch ID in the next couple of years.
A report by 9to5Mac, citing Kuo, suggests that the iPhone 13 - or whatever it might be called - will be the first in the series to feature an in-display fingerprint sensor, based on the Touch ID technology. Additionally, the phone is also expected to retain Face ID, this time under the display.
This would mean that the iPhone 13 might just be the first smartphone from Apple to sport a completely bezel-free display panel, considering Apple adds the display notch on its iPhone models only to accomodate sensors for Face ID. If such a technology is devised to put Face ID and Touch ID below the screen, the need for borders would be eliminated.
While current technological standards don't allow for such a feat, Kuo believes that Apple has started working on it and will likely be able to implement under-display fingerprint sensor and face sensor on the iPhone 13 models. He also elaborated that Apple will likely use a variant of Qualcomm’s ultrasonic fingerprint-under-display system for the technology.