iPhone 13: Touch ID could finally find its place under the screen




Will the fingerprint reader be back on the next iPhones? It would seem in any case that several rumors confirm work in progress at Apple.

In the midst of a pandemic in which the mask is in order, Apple could go back and reintroduce Touch ID in addition to the Face ID facial recognition device. According to the Wall Street Journal, the Cupertino company would be testing a new device.



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The return of Touch ID is confirmed

Touch ID is widely associated with the Home button still present on the iPhone SE today. Apple also introduced a new version within the iPad Air 4, this time within the power button. It seems that the company is working on a new system, as reported by two employees of the company wishing to remain anonymous.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the iPhone 13 would feature Touch ID directly below the screen. The unlocking would be operated by an optical mechanism and no longer via ultrasound. However, as AppleInsider specifies, engineers want above all to ensure that this device is secure.

Several Android smartphones have optical sensors under the screen, however, faced with erratic and unreliable operation, some have chosen to return to an independent fingerprint reader on the back of the terminal. This is for example the case of Pixels.




An optical sensor with Apple sauce

Bloomberg and analyst Ming Chi Kuo have previously said that Apple will reintroduce Touch ID. Moreover, we recently reported that the next edition of the iPad Mini could use this technology. This is in any case what suggests an enigmatic pattern appeared at the end of last month.

Still, the traditional sensors positioned under the screen are not very sensitive. For this reason, the one embedded in the Samsung Galaxy S21 is 1.7 times larger than usual. But Apple could be a game-changer. In 2018, the company filed a patent for a technology that turns the entire screen into a sensor. Concretely, it would be possible to unlock the smartphone by placing your finger anywhere on the screen.

For iOS 14.5, Apple is testing a new version of Face ID that is a bit special since the device must allow facial recognition even when wearing the mask



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Source : Apple Insider, WJS


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