Tenth-Anniver­sary Apple iPhone Might Not Sport Touch ID


Corroborating with earlier reports, the tenth-anniversary iPhone which is scheduled to be launched at Apple’s Keynote event next week won’t sport the Touch ID fingerprint scanner, according to a Wall Street Journal report.

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There had been speculations about Apple coming up with an under-the-display Touch ID for the last few weeks, but those were dismissed last month.

Under the display fingerprint scanner has been a rage since the tech first appeared, so much so that fans and experts industry-wide were looking forward to Apple to integrate it in the tenth anniversary iPhones, but that might not be happening after all.

Let alone that, Apple might remove the Touch ID from the next iPhone. Last month, KGI Securities’ Ming-Chu Kuo reported that the company will do away with the Touch ID on their upcoming iPhone.

The report also claimed that Apple will be focussing on ‘Face ID’ as means to unlock the next-gen iPhone and will most certainly try to do a better job than Samsung did with its Iris scanner for Galaxy S8 — more so since Touch ID is speculated to be removed.

Earlier this year, Qualcomm had suggested that it had improved on its in-display fingerprint sensing technology that will be able to scan fingerprint through a display, glass or metal surface and will also be accessible during underwater operations. But it seems like we will need to wait to see this new snazzy tech in our favorite flagship phones.

The tech for embedding fingerprint reader inside the display is still in its infancy and smartphone manufacturers — especially of Apple and Samsung’s standing — won’t be looking forward to serving their premier clients with half-baked devices.

Speculations state that although Apple was eager to introduce the under-the-display Touch ID, the failure to integrate it is leading to delays in the company’s production plans for the upcoming iPhone and that could be a reason for removing the feature altogether.

Now since the WSJ report has confirmed that Apple will be removing the Touch ID altogether from their tenth-anniversary edition iPhone devices, let’s just hope they do a brilliant job with their facial recognition hardware as well as software.

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