Don't Wait for Touch ID
One way for Apple to slim down or eliminate the notch is by adding an under-the-screen fingerprint sensor to the iPhone. Unfortunately, it looks like we'll have to wait for said feature.
A research note from Barclays analyst Blaine Curtis states that Apple might employ a new version of Touch ID on upcoming iPhone flagships.
According to Curtis, the new iPhones might include acoustic fingerprint technology, something that could allow for full-screen Touch ID. This is not the first time we've heard this rumor.
What this means is upcoming iPhones could feature a biometric setup like Samsung's phones. Newer Galaxy models use a fingerprint reader that's under the display.
Economic Daily News claims Apple is meeting with, or has met with, a Taiwanese touchscreen manufacturer to discuss the development of an iPhone with an under-the-screen fingerprint reader.
Ming-Chi Kuo, an extremely reliable source, at one time believed Apple's 2021 iPhone models would come with Face ID and an under-display fingerprint sensor.
Kuo also said he believes Apple was working on an iPhone 13 model with Touch ID embedded in the power button, similar to the power button on the company's latest iPad Air.
Bloomberg's Mark Gurman says that Apple's been testing an in-screen fingerprint reader, but that the feature will miss the iPhone 13 series. Joanna Stern from The Wall Street Journal also believes Apple is working on in-screen fingerprint technology.
So it's pretty clear that Apple is working on this, but it looks like it won't be ready until 2022 at the earliest. If this is a deal-breaker for you, you'll need to look elsewhere for your next phone.
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