Face ID is more sophisticated and secure than Touch ID, but some iPhone fans have been waiting years for Apple to bring the fingerprint sensor back to the iPhone. Touch ID disappeared in 2017 when the iPhone X arrived, bringing 3D facial recognition to replace it. Since then, Apple has improved Face ID, both in terms of design and functionality. But rumors have emerged in recent years that Apple is planning to release iPhones with both sensors. It’s unclear when that will happen, but an insider claims the iPhone 14 won’t get a Touch ID sensor.
Apple hasn’t abandoned Touch ID
Before we get to the rumored iPhone 14 Touch ID, it’s important to remember where we are in terms of Touch ID support in Apple’s ecosystem.
Every iPhone model since iPhone X comes with a notch design except for the semi-annual iPhone SE releases. iPhone SE models don’t have notched screens like the new iPhones that launch every September. They come with huge bezels that allow Apple to include a home button with a fingerprint sensor. The iPhone SE 3, due in March or April, will have the same design as the iPhone 8 as the current model.
Also, Apple has made some significant changes to its iPad lineup regarding the use of Touch ID and Face ID. The iPad Pros feature Face ID camera systems and offer fans all-screen designs and 3D facial recognition support. The cheaper iPad has a traditional Home button with Touch ID.
The latest iPad Air and iPad mini come with big screens and small bezels, but there’s no Face ID. Instead, Apple moved the Touch ID sensor to the side or top of the tablet. You’ll find it on the sleep button.
Apple MacBooks can’t accommodate Face ID components even though newer models have notches. This is because laptop screens are too thin for Face ID components. But they come with Touch ID sensors on the keyboard.
Separately, Apple has designed a way for watch wearers to unlock the iPhone while wearing a mask, an instance where Face ID won’t work.
Finally, Apple has plenty of new patents that show it’s not ignoring the fingerprint-sensing technology that most Android devices use. An iPhone of the future could be equipped with a Face ID sensor under the screen, but it will not be the iPhone 14.
No Touch ID for iPhone 14 models.
Most iPhone 14 rumors say that Apple will give the iPhone 14 Pro a major overhaul. Pro models will feature punch-hole displays similar to Android phones. Some rumors say that some Face ID components could be under the screen. Apple’s Touch ID patents under the display also cover Face ID sensors.
Other rumors say that the iPhone 14 will have two cutouts on the screen, one that looks like a circle and one that looks like a pill. Combined, they will include all the necessary hardware for the selfie camera and Face ID parts.
Regular iPhone 14 models should switch to standard notch designs. This means that Face ID will not disappear from the iPhone, despite the display changes.
Apple has two ways to add Touch ID to the iPhone 14. One of them is to place the sensor under the screen, like most Android phones. The other comes from the iPad – moving Touch ID to the sleep button. But Ross Young said on Twitter that the iPhone 14 won’t get Touch ID.
Young is the CEO of Display Supply Chain Consultants (DSCC), and he’s been a constant source of accurate display-related rumors for unreleased products, iPhone included.
In case the iPhone 14 display assembly features Touch ID components, industry watchers like Young would likely catch wind of such developments. Again, the leakers aren’t always right about these developments.
That doesn’t change the fact that Apple is developing screen technology that will eventually allow it to move the selfie camera, Face ID, and Touch ID below the display. It just won’t happen with the iPhone 14.