iPhone SE2 and iPhone with in-display Touch ID could both launch in 2020

iPhone SE2 and iPhone with in-display Touch ID could both launch in 2020
The iPhone 7's Touch ID system

Apple ditched Touch ID when it announced the iPhone X two years ago but a new report published by Bloomberg suggests the feature could make a return within the next year or two.

In-screen Touch ID will coexist alongside Face ID


According to people familiar with Apple’s plans, the Cupertino giant is currently developing in-screen fingerprint technology that covers a large portion of the display. The implementation is being actively tested by Apple itself and several suppliers and could make its way into the 2020 lineup. The possibility of a delay until 2021 does exist, however. 

Sources say suppliers have successfully integrated the in-display Touch ID into prototype iPhone units and Apple seems quite happy with the progress so far but improvements likely still need to be made. Moreover, the California-based company still has one major hurdle to overcome. Per today’s report, Apple hasn’t yet managed to mass-produce its next-gen technology. This situation will likely change within the next few months but if major issues persist beyond Spring 2020 the new Touch ID’s launch will likely be pushed back by a year.

In case you’re wondering, Apple’s upcoming Touch ID implementation won’t be replacing the current Face ID system. Instead, the iPhone giant has plans to let both technologies coexist alongside each other, much like Huawei does with the Mate 20 Pro. This would let users unlock or authenticate payments using either their face or finger.

What else can be expected from the 2020 iPhone lineup?


Accompanying the new Touch ID implementation could potentially be new displays on all three models. The successor to this year’s iPhone 11(R) will reportedly ditch LCD in favor of OLED and therefore boast noticeably slimmer bezels. The iPhone 12 Pro duo, on the other hand, will likely feature thinner bezels too but with the bonus of a smaller notch or even a punch hole design.

This should be joined by the controversial camera module that’s expected on this year’s iPhone 11 series. Next year, however, the iPhone 12R should inherit an ultra-wide-angle lens while the premium models are set to include 3D depth sensors. Rounding out all three devices will be 5G network support and the usual internal and software upgrades that’ll be lead by the A14 Bionic and iOS 14.

The iPhone 8-based iPhone SE2 now looks extremely likely


Way back in April, a report claimed Apple was hard at work on a new budget iPhone based on 2017’s iPhone 8. Yesterday, yet another report referenced the device and claimed Apple was planning a Spring 2020 release. Now, Bloomberg is corroborating everything. 

Representing an iPhone 8S-like phone and a spiritual successor to the now-discontinued iPhone SE, the new device is expected to inherit the original’s 4.7-inch LCD panel, thick bezels, and Touch ID system. This time around, though, it’ll apparently use Apple’s latest internal hardware. That means consumers can expect to find the upcoming A13 Bionic coupled with 128GB of internal storage and potentially 3GB of RAM.


The cheaper iPhone will also ship with iOS 13 straight out of the box and should significantly undercut the iPhone 11 trio. Speaking of which, these devices will presumably retail at $749, $999, and $1,099 respectively once they go on sale. The iPhone 11R, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max will be announced next Tuesday, September 10 alongside the Apple Watch Series 5, a 10.2-inch iPad, and ‘one more thing.’ Pre-orders should commence Friday, September 13 before shipments begin on Friday, September 20.

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22 Comments

1. LEEDAQ

Posts: 188; Member since: Aug 07, 2018

just take my money. Hate current iphones

7. Mike88

Posts: 435; Member since: Mar 05, 2019

You hate current high end iPhones super beast iPhones but want a mediocre old phone? You could say it like you can’t afford the current gen and want a cheaper iPhone

14. sgodsell

Posts: 7416; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

He might not want the current iPhones, not because he can't afford one, but because Apple has forced all iPhones to use FaceID, and remove touchID altogether. TouchID can definitely be more convenient than FaceID, and even faster. I remember Steve Jobs talking about making things easier and more convenient for its customers. Tim Cook being the bone head that he is, clearly forgets that it's about making the customers happy. Ask yourself this, if Apple's hardware and software is so good, then why is Apple sales declining the most? Why even talk about bringing back TouchID at all, especially when you think FaceID is so good? Also it's most likely going to be Qualcomms ultrasonic finger scanner. Especially since it's the most secure and accurate, and it can work with wet fingers, under water, with dirty fingers, and thin plastic gloves on. Plus it can detect blood flow to stop spoofing.

15. sgodsell

Posts: 7416; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Lots of Android smartphones for years have been giving their users multiple authentication methods to choose from. It's always better to have more than one choice or option.

19. midan

Posts: 2971; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

"Ask yourself this, if Apple's hardware and software is so good, then why is Apple sales declining the most?" You already answered to your own question, sales Declining because software and hardware is so good already.

17. lander01010

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 05, 2019

Honestly I agree with LEEDAQ. When the iPhone SE came out it was the perfect phone for my needs. It was small, running the latest software (it’s still supported btw) and could do anything any previous iPhone could do as far as I could tell. (As a side note, iPhone is the definition of mediocre when it comes to many of the other options out there bud; as interesting as string cheese). Also it didn’t hurt when it came to the lower price. Before the SE I swore I’d never buy another boring iPhone again. The newer ones just kept getting bigger which is the worst if I’m gonna use it as my daily driver, and honestly I couldn’t care less then and I don’t care now about Face ID. I don’t like it. When the next gen phones finally did come out I thought they were way overpriced and kinda ugly. There wasn’t a new SE coming anytime soon so I got the iPhone 8. When all of the new models this year are $1100 dinner plates running the same vanilla flavored software as every iPhone I’ve ever owned including the one I have now, minus the few gimmicks thrown in (eg: Touch ID and those Face ID cartoon people garbage, smh), I might just wait to see why this new SE is all about... or just keep my iPhone 8. I can’t tell any difference at all between my iPhone 8 and my old SE except for the increase in size. When I want to use an amazing fast device with the best screen for watching movies on the go, for playing games, etc, I reach for my Samsung S9+. Only keeping an iPhone for FaceTime and my watch. If I want a great picture, I’ll use my DSLR.

30. Kloak

Posts: 82; Member since: May 27, 2018

Funny to read that when the best selling of the trío of iPhones its actually the cheaper one, I guess most Apple users couldn't afford the high end ones.

2. zackh121556

Posts: 133; Member since: Feb 01, 2012

in display is old news now.....especially if its 2021 lol

10. pimpin83z

Posts: 585; Member since: Feb 08, 2019

SMH. This comment makes no sense. iPhones don't even have in-display fps on their phones so it's actually not old news.

13. mackan84

Posts: 544; Member since: Feb 13, 2014

So what you’re saying is that you want a new way to unlock your phone till 2021?

3. shiv179

Posts: 175; Member since: Aug 08, 2012

LOL!!!!

6. User123456789

Posts: 996; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

How many years already are the rumors of successor of iphone SE?

18. lander01010

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 05, 2019

Totally agree. Honestly, I’ll believe it when I see it.

8. Mike88

Posts: 435; Member since: Mar 05, 2019

A cheaper iPhone isn’t needed I guess. People can easily buy older models to have a cheaper iPhone plus it won’t get a nice welcome by android users.

9. apple-rulz

Posts: 2175; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

Touch ID should come back this year, I hate Face ID.

12. Mike88

Posts: 435; Member since: Mar 05, 2019

Why would you say that? FaceID is the most secure and seamless unlocking mechanism. It should never go.

16. Vancetastic

Posts: 1508; Member since: May 17, 2017

Here's a shocker for ya: not all humans share the same opinions.

21. JCASS889

Posts: 553; Member since: May 18, 2018

So can your iPhone unlock before it even leaves your pocket? Because my phone can. I would consider that faster.

25. Mike88

Posts: 435; Member since: Mar 05, 2019

It’s a defect if your phone gets unlocked in your pocket. You would like your phone to be unlocked only when you are looking at it

28. Vancetastic

Posts: 1508; Member since: May 17, 2017

I think we all see the defect here.

11. cncrim

Posts: 1588; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

Price need to be right.

29. sebstin

Posts: 189; Member since: Dec 03, 2015

5" sized phone is perfect for me. Eagerly looking for it..

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