[REVIEW] : Apple: don’t expect to see an iPhone with a Touch ID sensor under the screen in two years
Long silent on Twitter, Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple’s star movement analyst, has been distilling information on the microblogging platform since his first message in early March.
In his last tweet, Ming-Chi Kuo returns to one of his past predictions, which concerned the introduction of a fingerprint reader under the screen of certain iPhones at the earliest in 2023.
He specifies that according to his latest information from the production lines, this technology should not make its appearance in the iPhone for at least two years. Indeed, the iPhones that will be released in 2023 and 2024 should not adopt a Touch ID sensor under the screen, according to him and his sources.
The analyst adds that Face ID with a mask on an iPhone is already a very good biometric solution.
According to SamaGame and the Wall Street Journal, Apple would have tested iPhone 13 models equipped with a fingerprint sensor under the screen, before preferring to keep Face ID. The possible postponement of this technology is indeed not very problematic, if we consider that the pandemic will come to an end (fingers crossed), or that Face ID with a mask makes it possible to secure your smartphone without having to enter your password all the time.
Naturally, Apple is already working on its next generation iPhone 14. We recently learned that the iPhone 14 Mini would not be ours, or that the classic iPhone 14s would not benefit from the A16 chip. However, the greatest hopes of the brand’s fans have been for a few years now on a return of Touch ID. And while a patent filing suggested that Apple was working to integrate its fingerprint reader under the screen, many observers began to think that it would make a comeback in 2023. We will have to be more patient.
NO TOUCH ID IN 2023 FOR IPHONES
Ming-Chi Kuo, the well-known analyst with regularly verified information, was one of those who thought Touch ID would make a comeback next year. However, he watered down his wine today, surely in the face of new leaked information from his insiders.
According to him, Apple ultimately has no plan for this. The iPhone 15 and iPhone 16, respectively the 2023 and 2024 generations, would not support this new Touch ID technology. Even more, they would continue Apple’s current merry way, namely to integrate Face ID as the only biometric security solution.
A MORE DISCREET FACE ID
There is still a bit of positivity in the rumors surrounding the next smartphones. According to them, the iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max would still benefit from a much less marked notch than the one present today. The large front of the iPhone would turn into a much more discreet little pill.
Still, it would be yet another evolution exclusively reserved for Pro models this year. The iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Max seem set to be the big losers of the manufacturer’s next generation.
Kuo: iPhone 14s will miss under-display fingerprint sensor, periscope camera
Ming-Chi Kuo revealed in his latest note to investors that Apple’s iPhones launching this year will lack periscope cameras and under-display Touch ID. The analyst predicted that the long zoom lens could arrive next year 2023, while the fingerprint reader will not arrive until 2025.
We’re already entering April, which means the launch of the new iPhone is about five and a half months away. Since we don’t get a UD sensor or a periscope camera, what do we get? Well, the iPhone 14 comes with two punch-holes, an improved main camera sensor, a thicker body, and the obligatory new chipset.
However, Kuo has previously said that the iPhone 14 Pro duo may be the only ones in the 2022 flagship family to feature the next-gen A16 Bionic chipset, while the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Max may stay with the A15.
Non-Pro models should also not have ProMotion screens, which is the fancy name Apple gives to all screens with an adaptive refresh rate of 120Hz. The reason for this is that the manufacturer BOE cannot answer to Cupertino’s requests for panels and that the iPhone company decided to reduce orders
Touch ID: don’t expect an iPhone with an in-screen fingerprint reader anytime soon
In 2017, with the release of the iPhone X, Apple changed the paradigm for securing its smartphones. While the manufacturer had previously relied on Touch ID with a fingerprint sensor at the bottom of the screen, the large edge-to-edge screen of the device pushed the firm to adopt Face ID and 3D facial recognition.
Since then, smartphone and component manufacturers have made great strides, and most mid-range and high-end Android phones offer fingerprint readers integrated directly into the screen. This is the case at Samsung, but also at Xiaomi, Oppo, Huawei or OnePlus… but still not at Apple.
To take advantage of Touch ID on an iPhone in 2022, you must necessarily turn to an iPhone SE, like the latest model, presented a few weeks ago. However, for several years, the rumors are insistent around a return of Touch ID on iPhone with fingerprint reader in the screen. This return would make all the more sense as masks have played an important part in our lives since the start of the health crisis. Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of TF International Securities, particularly well informed about Apple’s projects, was already planning a return to Face ID next year. He finally backed down.