16 February 2021
A new report has surfaced that corroborates claims of Apple working on in-display fingerprint scanner technology for future iPhone models. It is coming from the Wall Street Journal citing two ex-Apple employees who are familiar with the developments. It is believed that Apple's preference is for optical in-display fingerprint tech but nothing is guaranteed yet.
Apple has already begun testing in-display fingerprint scanners. It is having a look at the optical sensors which have become quite common among Android smartphones. Their reliability factor is believed to be higher than the ultrasonic ones. The main concern for the Cupertino-based tech giant is its security level. It is said that unless these are as secure as traditional Touch ID, these will not get a green signal from the company.
It is worth noting that the arrival of fingerprint scanning tech will not have any effect on Face ID. Apple will offer both of these biometric authentication methods on iPhones. The added security option will be helpful in scenarios where it is not possible to use face recognition as in the current situation of people wearing masks when going outside.
Among officially Apple products, the iPhone SE (2nd Gen) is the only iPhone that features Touch ID technology. Other than this, select iPads and MacBook models come with a fingerprint scanner. The iPad Air 4 happens to have fingerprint scanning integrated within the power button.