Apple 2021 iPhone Refresh May Use in-Screen Fingerprint Technology

After replacing fingerprint technology with Face ID, Apple plans to develop new in-Screen fingerprint display, suggests Bloomberg. Use of face and finger will make iPhones more secure against break-in.

In its quest to offer the most secure new 2020 iPhones, Apple Inc. is working to develop new in-screen fingerprint scanner technology, said Bloomberg report. Sounds exciting, as its Apple rivals like Samsung, Huawei, Oppo, and Xiaomi Corp. flagships, all have this feature.

The current set of Apple iPhones carry two features that secure them, and they are Face ID and Biometric Touch ID using the finger in Home Button. However, the developing new in-display fingerprint will not require added bezel around the display offering biometric security located in the front of the device.

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The Bloomberg report now says, “The upcoming fingerprint reader would be embedded in the screen, letting a user scan their fingerprint on a large portion of the display, and it would work in tandem with the existing Face ID system, the people familiar with Apple’s plans said.”

In-screen fingerprint scanning feature all over the iPhone’s display may help read and map the users’ finger imprint and authenticate to unlock the device, very easily for the device owner only. Thus, 2020 iPhones will be tough to get through and save them from turning easy prey of device breakers.

“Face ID sensor system will need to be retained because its technology forms the basis for more advanced portrait photography and augmented reality features like Animoji,”¬†according to the news.

There is speculation about when the in-screen fingerprint scanner bearing new iPhones will arrive. But Apple insiders and those from among its suppliers abroad conveyed confidentially that this feature will come with 2021 refresh only and not early, informs the news.

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Entire iPhone X series including the iPhone X, iPhone XS/XS Max, and iPhone XR models carry Face ID using the TrueDepth camera system, the Secure Enclave, and the Neural Engine to read one’s face as a password and unlock the device.

Way back in 2013, Apple acquired Authentec Inc. – a pioneer in fingerprint scanning technology, and then, began offering the same in iPhone 5s up until 2017’s iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, by integrating it in the home button.

In 2017, the fresh iPhone X got Touch ID replacing face-scanning sensors for authentication purposes, thus giving the competition a bone to chew. In 2018, Touch ID was scrapped and then, the new iPhone XR and iPhone XS/XS Max got Face ID replacing the fingerprint scanning to make them more robust and secure.

To round off, I am keen to know what’s on offer at Apple’s event on September 10. Will the latest iPhone 11 models get the above features plus OLED Screens, large triple camera bump, 6.1-inch LCD display, and A13 chipset?

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I can only shout, hey Apple, can we have a 5G compatible model, AR/VR glasses and cheaper model, too?

Let me go for now and will catch up with you, very soon.

Jignesh Padhiyar
Jignesh Padhiyar is the co-founder of who has a keen eye for news, rumors and all the unusual stuff that happens around Apple products. During his tight schedule, Jignesh finds some moments of respite to share side-splitting contents on social media.
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