There are several biometric options for smartphone users, but fingering and facial identification seem to be more popular. For Apple, it has remained with the Face ID option since the iPhone X (2017). However, it hasn’t entirely phased out its fingerprint (Touch ID) solution. The company still uses this solution on its much larger iPads. Touch ID will require a fairly thick bottom bezel from the iPhone, so that’s not doable. However, the other fingerprint solution is the in-display fingerprint sensor. While Android manufacturers have been using this solution for years, Apple is not yet using it. According to Mark Gurman, the fingerprint solution isn’t coming back to the iPhone anytime soon. This is contrary to previous reports which claim that this feature will arrive with the iPhone 13.
According to a report, Apple actually considered the in-display fingerprint solution. Mark Gurman says the company has even tested this solution. However, he strongly doubts that this is the path Apple will take for the iPhone 13.
Apple will likely stick with Face ID for its next flagship models like the iPhone 14 series. However, its cheaper models will use the large notch facial scanning system. The iPhone 13 series is expected to launch in September. We can be sure that everything about its design is complete. So the issue of testing and rejecting the on-screen fingerprint sensor should be on the iPhone 14.
iPhone 13 speculation
The biggest change in the appearance of the new iPhone 13 Pro series from the previous generation is that the notch will shrink considerably. It will adopt a hidden earphone solution to free up more internal space for Face ID. This is the first time that Apple has changed the design of the screen since the launch of the iPhone X in 2017. On the back, this device comes with a triple camera setup as well as a LiDAR sensor. The size and thickness of the camera module has increased, but it will bring higher imaging effects.
In other respects, the new iPhone 13 series will still adopt a full screen design using the notch design. It will come with Samsung’s LTPO OLED panel, support 120Hz adaptive refresh rate, and smartly adjust the screen refresh rate function. This means that the screen refresh rate can adjust automatically according to the usage scenario. The auto refresh rate switch will be between 1 and 120Hz. This will eventually save the power consumption of this device. Additionally, this series will support dual unlock pattern including Face ID and Touch ID.
In addition, this new series will use the new A15 Bionic processor, support Wi-Fi 6E technology and bring some improvements to the camera department. It will use a new ultra-wide-angle, 5P (f / 2.4) and fixed focus (FF) lens upgraded to 6P (f / 1.8). This camera will also support auto focus (AF).