When Kuo speaks, the Apple community listens – and this time the renowned analyst has claimed Touch ID will make a reappearance in 2021 when Apple releases an iPhone model with both Face ID and under-screen Touch ID.
The report which claims over the next 18 months, a lot of the obstacles Apple has faced in implementing the two authentication methods into one singular device will be overcome, matches with a number of previous reports from other sources, in addition to various patents filled by Apple.
According to Kuo, Apple is facing several technological challenges, including managing power consumption, the size and location of the sensing area, the thickness of the sensing module, and the production yield rate of the lamination process. – The report claims Apple is set to overcome these issues in the coming year, allowing for the device to launch in 2021.
The analyst also said that if the Apple Watch gained biometrics in the future, an under-display fingerprint scanner is the more likely route than a Face ID facial recognition camera. However, he does not make any claims about whether that is actually in the works.
Apple was rumored to be adding under-screen Touch ID to the iPhone X prior to its launch in 2017 however, due to the challenges faced in doing so the company ditched the attempt and focused its attention on Face ID, regarded as much more secure than Touch ID.