Future iPhone generations could combine Face ID and Touch ID technology

Future iPhone generations could combine Face ID and Touch ID technology
While Apple’s super-complex Face ID technology implemented into last year’s iPhone X and the entire late 2018 “iFamily”, iPad Pros included, is already extremely reliable and secure, some sort of a biometric upgrade is reportedly in the works to keep fledgling rivals at bay.

But as more and more Android device manufacturers are expected to release their own advanced 3D facial recognition solutions, Apple may need to consider reviving an abandoned feature. As things stand, the absence of a fingerprint scanner from “modern” iPhones is definitely offset by the TrueDepth camera, whose magic is unrivaled by the rudimentary 2D face unlock technology on most Android flagships.

If (or rather when) the market will eventually be flooded with Huawei Mate 20 Pro copycats, some folks are likely to want the Touch ID sensor back. Apple rarely reconsiders these decisions (sorry, headphone jack lovers), but believe it or not, a glimmer of hope has just surfaced. 

A lengthy patent application filed in Europe all the way back in January and made public just a few days ago suggests Apple is at least acknowledging the possibility of combining Face ID and Touch ID technology on iPhones.

Having multiple biometric authentication methods on the same device could add an extra layer of security to your next-gen iPhone. More importantly, a fingerprint reader could be used as a backup unlocking option in the (rare) instances where Face ID fails to recognize the rightful owner of a phone.

Keep in mind that filing a patent mentioning this functionality (once) and actually making an iPhone with both Face ID and Touch ID sensors possible are two very different things. Also, don’t worry, the Touch ID button is certainly not making a comeback. If Apple ever decides to release a new iPhone with a fingerprint scanner, you can bet the farm the technology will be embedded into the handset’s display.

Another dreamy scenario suggested by this patent is one where the Apple Watch of the future would feature its own Face ID sensor, but again, this is all largely theoretical stuff that may or may not commercially materialize someday.

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16 Comments

1. cmdacos

Posts: 4386; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Good to see Apple is thinking about returning to a more secure unlock method in the future.

7. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Touch ID is less secure than Face ID in iPhone Xs.

11. cmdacos

Posts: 4386; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Someone that looks like you can unlock your phone with touch id? Nope. Try again

12. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

How can someone who looks like me unlock my phone with touchid?? Do u even know what touchid means??? Someone with same fingerprint as mine would be able to unlock my phone, not someone who looks like me, genius. Besides, anyone with a print of my finger on a piece of plastic can unlock with touchid. So try again.

19. cmdacos

Posts: 4386; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Lol, reading is hard. I'll type slower so you can keep up. I asked a question. You said touch id was less secure than face id. Someone who looks like you can simply pick up your phone without any other effort and access it via face id. Not possible with touch id.

2. Cat97

Posts: 2022; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

So Apple admits that removing the fingerprint reader was a stupid idea. Apple fans swallowed it, but the ease of use of Apple devices really suffers without a fingerprint sensor.

8. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Don't put the blame on all Apple fans. Only stupid fanboys said removal of TouchID was good. I personally want TouchID back!

13. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3187; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Nobody said it was a stupid idea, it just didn't work for some people - myself included. When Microsoft removed the Start button on Windows 8 you'd think someone raped a nun from the "fans" reaction. It's about giving users the CHOICE and Apple isn't the only one who makes unilateral decisions when it comes to system preferences.

3. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3187; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

I refused to go with FaceID exclusively so I bought the 8 and 8 Plus instead.

9. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Nice choice. I would've done the same.

4. Valdomero

Posts: 707; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

Oh my... with this "upgrade" newer iphones will start at $1299 with no headphone dongle and a 5W brick o_O

6. Peaceboy

Posts: 640; Member since: Oct 11, 2018

What’s a dongle and a 5W?

5. gamehead unregistered

Doesn't Android already do this?

10. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Yes it does. But Apple is too stubborn to do the same. I feel Apple is only testing its customers now to see how far it can go before cracking them.

14. koioz

Posts: 188; Member since: Nov 29, 2018

Lmao. The copycat company strikes again.

15. koioz

Posts: 188; Member since: Nov 29, 2018

It is called "Retina bionic Touch id". It will be invented by apple.

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