Don't Wait for Under-Display Biometrics
We've heard this rumor many times in the past, but it looks like under-screen Touch ID, or perhaps under-display Face ID, could make it to the iPhone down the road.
Initially, Ming-Chi Kuo said the iPhone 14 series might feature under-display fingerprint technology which would allow users to unlock their phone using a finger anywhere on the screen. Kuo then backtracked on this and said the feature had been pushed to 2023.
More recently, Kuo is saying his "latest survey indicates new iPhones in 2023 & 2024 may not adopt under-display Touch ID."
In a follow-up tweet, Kuo says he thinks a "real full-screen iPhone will come in 2024. High-end iPhones in 2024 would adopt an under-display front camera alongside the under-display Face ID." In other words, everything is up in the air right now.
Analyst Ross Young, who also thought the iPhone 14 series might get under-display biometrics, says the feature has been pushed to the iPhone 15 or iPhone 16.
A more recent report, from Korean publication The Elec, claims the tech will be present on board iPhone 15 Pro models in 2023. However, this has been disputed by Young who says the technology will most likely come in 2024 on the iPhone 16.
Bloomberg's Mark Gurman believes Apple will eventually "fully embed Face ID and the front-facing camera into the display itself" but that the move is at least three to four years away.
Gurman's reiterated this stance in a more recent version of his Power On newsletter.