In-display Touch ID could be arriving sooner than expected. A new rumor suggests that Apple could introduce a new iPhone with in-display fingerprint recognition as early as 2020, a full year ahead of the 2021 prediction that analyst Ming-Chi Kuo made back in August.
The rumor comes courtesy of LetsGoDigital, which based its report on a Credit Suisse presentation that referenced partners in Apple’s supply chain. The report also implied that the new iPhone would get rid of the iPhone’s signature notch to deliver a true full screen display.
It’s unclear what role Face ID would play if that proves to be the case. Apple could place the front-facing selfie camera under the screen of the phone, or drop Face ID entirely on certain models.
At the moment, either scenario is nothing more than speculation. However, Kuo has previously reported that Apple is looking to reduce the size of the notch for its 2020 iPhones, and it seems increasingly likely that it will eventually be phased out as in-display technology continues to improve.
The return of Touch ID also feels increasingly inevitable, even if there is some ambiguity about the timeline. Bloomberg forecast in-display Touch ID in September, and there has since been a flurry of Apple patents that detail various applications of the technology.