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Gurman: Touch ID Won’t Arrive on iPhone 13

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:

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“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.

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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:

  1. The higher-end models feature in-screen Face ID, while lower-end models feature Face ID in the notch
  2. 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.

Heedo Abu Laban

Author: Heedo Abu Laban

Appleosophy Weekly

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