Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman has noted some interesting facts about the upcoming iPhone 13. The analyst is saying Apple tested in-screen Touch ID on the upcoming device but is unlikely to feature it.
In his latest Power On newsletter, Gurman said that while Apple tested in-screen Touch ID on iPhone 13, the “long-term goal” is to make Face ID under the display:
“While Apple had tested in-screen Touch ID for the next flagship iPhones, it won’t make the cut this year. I believe Apple is all-in on Face ID for its higher-end iPhones and its long-term goal is to implement Face ID in the display itself.”
Gurman also notes that Apple is trying to make something similar to Samsung’s latest Galaxy Z Fold 3’s selfie camera.
Samsung’s new folding smartphone features a front-facing camera under the display, the first time for a major tech competitor.
In-screen Touch ID has been a feature many users have been hoping to see on an iPhone, and while Apple might not include it on 2021’s iPhones, Bloomberg gives two scenarios:
- The higher-end models feature in-screen Face ID, while lower-end models feature Face ID in the notch
- The higher-end models feature in-screen Face ID, while the lower-end models feature in-screen Touch ID.
This means Apple is committed to making facial recognition its technological focus for the next couple of iPhones while making Touch ID a classic feature on cheaper models.
The iPhone 13 is rumored to sport some mild upgrades like a faster A15 Bionic chip and new camera features. While receiving a big display upgrade like a 120Hz ProMotion display and a smaller notch.
Apple is expected to release the iPhone 13 lineup in mid-September, with an anticipated event expected to air with extra products like Apple Watch Series 7, AirPods 3, and iPad mini 6.