In a new report today, posted by Bloomberg, it is said that Apple is currently working on integrating an in-display fingerprint sensor into future iPhone models. The report mentions Apple eyeing a release for the handset in 2020, on the basis that internal testing of the new technology is successful and on time. However, due to the nature of the tech, there is a possibility that we will see this emerge into the public eye in 2021 instead.
This is not the first time we have heard this rumour about a new Touch ID iPhone coming in the pipeline, after many reports of new iPhones coming in the future that still support Face ID, first introduced with the iPhone X, but also supporting new Touch ID sensors that are embedded into the display.
This technology would make using the sensor a lot more flexible than current Touch ID devices, as the user would in theory be able to place their finger anywhere on the bottom of the display for the sensor to work. This has been seen vaguely in other devices in the market, from the likes of Huawei and Samsung, however the sensor has been proven to be slow and often inaccurate.
Other iPhone rumours circulating currently also include that Apple is working on its first low cost iPhone since it launched the iPhone SE. Very little is known about what this device will look like, however some have said it will embody the same rough shape of the SE, but with the same screen form factor of iPhone X generation iPhones, and some saying it will adopt the same screen as its predecessor and embody a physical Touch ID home button.