The latest iPhones still won’t have the ability to unlock with a fingerprint – although this is a popular feature on all premium Android smartphones.
Many Android users see fingerprint scanning as an easy, quick, and (mostly) safe way to unlock your phone. Physical and under-screen embedded scanners are included on devices such as the OnePlus 8 Pro, Google Pixel 5, Samsung Galaxy S20, and Galaxy Note 20.
Currently, the premium iPhone models only offer Face ID, which scans a 3D model of your face to unlock your phone. However, this has been criticized for not working with masks, which are still required in many different scenarios, including public transport.
A new report says the on-screen Touch ID, which scans your fingerprint through a scanner just below the screen, won’t be on the iPhone 13. Earlier models of the iPhone had a fingerprint sensor in a bezel on the bottom of the phone, but that was removed with the iPhone X range in 2017.
Mark Gurman, a Bloomberg journalist and trusted source of inside information on Apple, said, “Although Apple has tested on-screen Touch ID for the next flagship iPhones, it won’t break through this year. I think Apple is using Face ID for its high-end iPhones and its long-term goal is to implement Face ID in the display itself. “
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While Apple Watch users can use the device to unlock their iPhone at prices starting at £ 199, this is hardly an option for any customer.
However, Apple customers who have last year’s budget iPhone SE, several iPad Pro and Air models, and even the MacBook Pro range can still use fingerprint technology.
With the iPhone 13 launch date rumored to be this October if Apple sticks to its usual schedule, the Touch ID messages are just one of many leaks surrounding the new flagship phone. These include new health and wellness apps, a smaller notch for the selfie camera, and new high-quality photo features.