Another outlet is predicting that Apple could introduce in-display Touch ID as early as this year. The latest rumors come courtesy of Economic Daily News (EDN), and specifically concern Apple’s anticipated 5G iPhone.
According to EDN, at least one of Apple’s high-end 5G iPhones could offer in-display fingerprint authentication, which would be delivered through a technology collaboration between GIS, BOE, and Qualcomm. GIS is a developer of touch panels, while BOE makes OLED displays and Qualcomm’s portfolio includes ultrasonic fingerprint sensors. BOE recently formed a strategic partnership with Qualcomm to enable in-display fingerprint authentication in IoT and 5G devices, which lends some credence to the Apple rumors.
Of course, In-display Touch ID has been the subject of considerable speculation in the last few months. While analyst Ming-Chi Kuo initially predicted that the technology would not appear until 2021, the latest rumor will add weight to separate reports that indicate that it could arrive in 2020. Bloomberg also expects to see in-display Touch ID sometime in the next two years.
Even if Apple does release an iPhone with in-display Touch ID, there’s no guarantee that Apple fans will be able to get their hands on one of the devices. Apple is reportedly delaying the mass production of new iPhones due to COVID-19 disruptions, so 5G iPhones could be relatively scarce when they finally hit store shelves.
Source: Mac Rumors