Apple Is Working On In-Display Fingerprint Sensors For Its 2021 iPhones
Apple may be focused on the iPhone XI lineup, with models expected to debut in September, but as is always the case, those at Apple HQ remain focused on the future. Theirs is a dedication that’s unwavering, and a creativity that seems unlimited.
Where technology once was a question of consumer needs and satisfying a void, now this ethos appears to have turned to one of merely usurping the latest models in an effort to increase our own efficiency.
Earlier this year, it was reported that the iPhone XI models would feature a new form of in-screen fingerprint sensor for its devices. It’s believed that this new version of Touch ID would allow users to put their finger anywhere on the screen to unlock the phone, instead of just in one spot as is the current requirement for most phones.
This Touch ID system would work through ‘acoustic imaging’, so waves sent from under the phone display would recognise your fingerprint wherever you put it on the screen.
Thanks to new reports from 9to5Mac, it seems Touch ID will be introduced in Apple’s 2021 iPhones with an in-display fingerprint sensor. The report also suggests that the technology will be included alongside Apple’s Face ID facial recognition technology.
With these two security methods complimenting each other, there’s no doubting the fact that Apple is aiming for a unified experience that also offers users peace of mind regarding their safety and privacy.
Apple seems to have been working on the technology of in-display fingerprint sensors for quite some time. Back in 2017, the company first filed a patent for an in-display fingerprint sensor of its own, but held off incorporating the new technology in its phones.
That Apple has sat on the technology for some time isn’t exactly surprising. The technology poses a number of issues that include high power consumption, a small sensing area size, and difficulties in production. If execution and implementation isn’t perfect, consider this a sure-fire way to drain the life out of your battery quicker than the sun to an English tourist.
According to reports from industry analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the technology appears to be a better fit for the Apple Watch than Face ID, but he has yet to confirm whether Apple will in fact use it for the Watch.
Kuo also suggests that Apple will likely use a variant of Qualcomm’s ultrasonic fingerprint-under-display system, which enables the user to place their finger on a large area of the screen to be scanned.
Given the fact these phones are two years away in terms of development, it’s worth noting that the technology is likely to change and shouldn’t be taken as gospel. Regardless, we’ll be sure to keep you updated on the news.