The recent leaks of the iPhone 13 have us expecting a very different iPhone range from what we all expected. And now a new report has revealed what is, arguably, Apple’s most surprising iPhone 13 design decision.
In a new exclusive, Bloomberg’s always excellent Mark Gurman and Debbie Wu reveal that Apple has scrapped plans to introduce an in-display Touch ID fingerprint reader for the iPhone 13 line-up. Considering the problems iPhone owners have experienced in using Face ID while wearing masks during the global pandemic, this is a shock.
“The company is testing an in-display fingerprint scanner for this year’s devices, although the feature won’t appear on this generation [of iPhones],” explain Gurman and Wu. This news explains why early iPhone 13 leaks almost unanimously stated that an in-display version of Touch ID will return in 2021 with Face ID.
While Apple will have its reasons, the company is taking a risk. Notably, Google came to the opposite conclusion when it pulled the excellent recognition system on its Pixel 4 in favor of reverting to a fingerprint sensor for the Pixel 5. Apple tried to minimize the problems of using Face ID. A mask by introducing the iPhone unlock system using the Apple Watch in iOS 14.5 but it’s a complicated experience and (obviously) you need an Apple Watch in the first place.
That said, I’m still hopeful that Apple will add Touch ID to Face ID in future iPhones and it has been tipped for the iPhone 14. This ties in with Apple’s broader vision to replace the iPhone as a form of personal identification, a process that will begin in iOS 15 that will hold your driver’s license. Apple has also filed a patent for using the iPhone to replace your Passport, and the added security of dual biometrics (look at your iPhone while touching your fingerprint on the display) will add the security upgrades needed to justify it. The consequences of this could fundamentally change the way we look at our smartphones. But not this year.
That said, there’s a lot more to look forward to with the new iPhone 13 range (the name is still disputed), including a smaller notch, supersized rear camera, a new form of extreme image stabilization, big battery life improvements, and the state-of-the-art A15. Are included. Chipset
The only problem is that the first iPhone 14 leak has already arrived and it seems to address the biggest flaws in this year’s models. With the rapid launch of the iPhone 13, Apple fans will soon have a decision to make.