Report says Touch ID will return to the Apple iPhone next year

Report says Touch ID will return to the Apple iPhone next year
Apple purchased biometric company AuthenTec back in 2012 for $356 million. The next year, the iPhone 5s was launched and was the first iOS device equipped with the Touch ID fingerprint scanner. This was a mainstay feature for the iPhone until 2017's iPhone X replaced the biometric scanner with Face ID. And Touch ID was replaced with Face ID on all three 2018 iPhone models.

But there are quite a few iPhone users who prefer Touch ID over Face ID with some saying that the former unlocked their phone faster and easier. For those who miss Touch ID, good news is possibly returning as soon as next year. According to a report by MacRumors, an analyst from Barclays and his associates recently visited companies in Apple's supply chain and was told that the 2020 iPhones will be equipped with an in-display acoustic fingerprint technology. This would allow users to tap the screen anywhere to unlock the device. Earlier this year, we told you about a patent Apple had filed for this technology, which converts audio signals into a coded image of the user's fingerprint. This would result in a version of Touch ID that would be faster and easier to use.

The analyst, named Blayne Curtis, wrote a research note about what he learned by visiting Apple's supply chain and told clients that the 2020 iPhones will support 5G. In addition, the rear cameras on these handsets will have 3D scanning capabilities. Currently, the front-facing TrueDepth Camera handles that chore, and the data is used for Face ID. Based on previous rumors, a cheaper and easier to produce Time-of-Flight (ToF) sensor will most likely be employed on the back of the 2020 iPhones. The ToF sensor sends out infrared beams, which bounce off the subject and return to the phone. By tracking the time it takes for the beams to make this round trip, an accurate 3D map can be made.

But we're jumping the gun. There still are this year's models to discuss, and Curtis' supply chain sources revealed that all 2019 iPhones will launch sans 3D Touch. That is the feature that allows users to press on an app's icon to see quick actions, view shortcuts and get a peek at their messages. With all three 2020 iPhone models expected to sport an OLED panel, LG will be auditioning this year for some of that business. Curtis says that the South Korean tech giant will supply Apple with 10% to 30% of the OLED displays that will be used on this year's iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Max; the remaining 70% to 90% of the OLED panels will come from Samsung.

Some suppliers say that the iPhone SE 2 is coming early next year, based on the iPhone 8


As we've seen with the renders of this year's iPhone 11, the analyst's report says that the only major design change will be the addition of the rear-facing camera module in the upper left corner on the back of each model. The iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Max are both expected to have a triple camera setup, while the iPhone 11R will be equipped with a dual camera setup. The two OLED models will get a 33% boost in memory from 3GB of RAM to 4GB, and the new phones will go into production as soon as July.

And here is one part of the analyst's report that is sure to excite a certain segment of iPhone fans. Curtis says that some of the suppliers that he and his team visited mentioned the possibility that Apple will produce an iPhone SE 2 early next year. The phone would be equipped with the same specs found inside the iPhone 8. That means the device would feature a 4.7-inch LCD display with a resolution of 750 x 1334. The Apple A11 Bionic SoC should be found under the hood, with a 12MP camera in back and a 7MP FaceTime camera in front. However, before you get too excited, other suppliers said that they have not heard anything about such a device.

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31 Comments

1. darkkjedii

Posts: 31531; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

That would be a nice way to bring TouchID to the flagship phones. Tapping anywhere on the screen add to comfort, and speed. It would be nice, if they kept FaceID too.

2. sgodsell

Posts: 7531; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

It's an acoustic finger print scanner no less. So it must be Qualcomms sensor? Plus this kind of looks like Apple was wrong for getting rid of a finger print sensor altogether. Apple will never admit that of course.

5. sgodsell

Posts: 7531; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Also if the 2020 iPhones are going to get an ultrasonic finger print sensor, then why would anyone buy a 2019 iPhone?

28. whatev

Posts: 2396; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

Because all those Huawei users need to upgrade finally to a better device and they need to do it ASAP

3. apple-rulz

Posts: 2198; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

About time! I hate Face ID!!!

7. slashas

Posts: 146; Member since: Jul 17, 2017

I love Face ID especially if your hand are wet or dirty ;)

17. fakenewzz

Posts: 133; Member since: Nov 15, 2018

Man I so despise face id

18. vincelongman

Posts: 5746; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

BTW Qualcomm's ultrasonic 3D fingerprint reader in the S10 still works with wet fingers or if the phone is wet Look up on YouTube

9. Vokilam

Posts: 1347; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

I love Face ID, it solved my everyday problem for me, at my work, my hands are ether wet, dirty, or wearing gloves for 8 hours every day.

12. cncrim

Posts: 1590; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

FaceID is great if the phone didn't has that notch. And i love touchID and FaceID on the same phone.

27. darkkjedii

Posts: 31531; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Agreed. I’d love to see Apple remove the notch, and put the sensors in the border.

4. Nimbus

Posts: 442; Member since: Apr 02, 2018

Crapple should include ultrasonic fps on all 2020 iphones if they want to it be responsive and fast,save optical fps for iPhone XR if they want to cut cost.

6. sgodsell

Posts: 7531; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The optical sensors can easily be fooled by a picture. The ultrasonic sensor makes a 3D image of your finger print.

25. BuffaloSouce unregistered

You know how stupid that sounds as if someone is going to waste their time taking a picture of your finger just to see your gay porn stash?

8. Vokilam

Posts: 1347; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

They better keep Face ID and 3D Touch, couple of reasons i actually switched to iOS..

23. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1462; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

I wouldn't be surprised if it was incompatible with 3D Touch. There have been rumors 3D Touch was gonna be dropped.

10. Godlymansean

Posts: 339; Member since: Apr 14, 2017

Awesome! Can't wait!

11. Cat97

Posts: 1972; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Removal of the fingerprint sensor was the single worst thing Apple has done for the iPhones. Nothing can replace it, FaceID is just not as ergnonomical to use. They could have put it on the side until the had the under-display technology.

13. oldskool50 unregistered

Hahahaha. Touch ID that they never had to remove. I guess its gonna be on the back like they should have done from the beginning. But the Apple fulz will spin this as, the iPhone X didn't have room for it....lol Now run out an pay $1000 to have FPS again. Suckers!!!! Maybe the headphone Jack will come back too.

15. dvlprr

Posts: 70; Member since: May 08, 2019

Apple Wouldn't Ruin The Design By Putting It On The Side Or On The Back Dumbass.

19. TS020

Posts: 60; Member since: Feb 16, 2019

The notch and god awful camera bump on the upcoming iPhones tells me an FPS on the side or back is the least of Apple's design problems. Dumbass.

14. iloveapps

Posts: 909; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

Well this would be great in addition to face ID. I love face ID especially authentication of apps. What I am looking forward is to put face ID under the screen to have a full screen display.

16. cmdacos

Posts: 4313; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Great idea to bring security back to the iPhone. Let's see if it actually happens.

21. Vokilam

Posts: 1347; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

Stupid comment. I have never had anyone unlock my device using their face - and many have tried. Also, a tap on the power and volume button turns off Face ID if you’re worried about authorities. Use a device before you complain about it.

31. oldskool50 unregistered

So because it never has happened to you, that means it never happens. You the one who made a stupid comment. I've never had it happen to me either. Doesn't mean it can't or doesn't. Because it has happened and it does. Yeah they don't need to look like you. Just wait until you are half sleep with one eye open.

20. monoke

Posts: 1193; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

Yeah an all screen scanner is the ultimate solution indeed. Hope it happens for Apple so others can follow suit with the tech. It's doable already as shown with the vivo apex I don't know what's the hold up.

24. CEDEOTB

Posts: 454; Member since: Nov 21, 2016

Nobody likes notches but Apple has somehow convinced their sheep that it's not so bad. Going to be laughing when they get rid of it and the sheep justify going all screen.

26. User123456789

Posts: 1107; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

Chinese brands love notch

29. Wazupmrg

Posts: 196; Member since: Apr 10, 2017

So the title should be I phone XS fails due to not paying attention to what customers want. Gotcha apple = blackberry

30. japkoslav

Posts: 1541; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

That is actually really good news - no notch, no stupid and slow face id, back to something ... reliable ... hmmmm? Is headphone jack coming back as well? :-D

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