A recent report by Ming-Chi Kuo of TF Securities has claimed that Apple may bring an under-display Touch ID to an iPhone that is currently in development. The report suggests that this will be coupled with its Face ID. Both will purportedly be implemented in the new smartphone, which may be released in 2021.
It’s been suggested that Apple will spend the next year or so working out the kinks so that both login methods will work simultaneously. According to some reports, there are a variety of issues that the company will need to overcome to enact both the under-display Touch ID and Face ID. As Ming-Chi Kuo’s report has highlighted, this includes hurdles with power consumption and the size and thickness of the sensing module. With all of that said, Ming-Chi Kuo believes that Apple may be able to do so within the next 18 months.
It’s also been suggested that Apple could use Qualcomm’s ultrasonic fingerprint-under-display system since it offers users a large screen area to scan their finger with. This is done without taking up too large of a space on the phone itself.
Should the under-display fingerprint feature prove to be successful, then it’s believed that this feature could be extended to the Apple Watch, although this will likely also take a significant amount of time to implement.