Amid rumors of an all-new Face ID-equipped 16-inch MacBook Pro, and the possibility of Apple releasing an iPhone model that uses under-screen Touch ID in conjunction with Face ID, Apple has said Touch ID will continue as it plans to add Face ID to more devices.
In an interview with British newspaper The Daily Express, Apple’s vice president of Product Marketing, Greg Joswiak, touted that Apple will “continue to put [Face ID] on more devices but also Touch ID will continue to have a role,” adding that Touch ID is “a great technology on [the] iPad lineup and we don’t see it going away anytime soon.”
Within the article, Joswiak swashed any potential speculation that Apple may follow in the footsteps of Samsung by adding a pop-up camera to allow face-scanning without a notch. “I would give people credit for trying new things,” he said, “competition is what makes the world go round and makes us all better but that’s not something we see coming anytime soon.”
Ahead of the official release of iOS 13, the interview boasts how users can expect to see Face ID unlock their devices up to 30 per cent faster.
Rumors first started to appear at the beginning of the year claiming Apple was planning to re-introduce Touch ID to the iPhone line as a replacement for Face ID, although those reports were met with caution. Fast forward a couple of months, and now many of the leading industry analysts are predicting that Touch ID will indeed make a reappearance on the iPhone, but potentially alongside Face ID – with Apple integrating a fingerprint sensor beneath the display of future iPhone models, while keeping Face ID active in a smaller front-facing notch.