- Sales of the iPhone 12 have just begun and the phones are already sold out. But the first rumor about future iPhones is already here.
- A trusted leak says Apple plans to bring back one of the iPhone’s most popular features: the Touch ID fingerprint sensor.
- The iPhone 13 may be the first iPhone to have both Touch ID and Face ID if this leak turns out to be accurate.
The iPhone 12 has just arrived here, but we already have an exciting reputation for future models to get us talking. After all, it is widely known that the development for the next generation iPhone will start about a year before the latest phone is launched, so Apple should already be working on iPhone 1
And we already have what is perhaps one of the most exciting iPhone rumors in years, from a cryptic source that has provided plenty of hard-to-decipher clues about unreleased Apple devices. Many of these clues turned out to be true, and the person now indicates that Apple may be working on a feature that iPhone fans would love.
In the months leading up to the launch of the iPhone X, lots of leaks said the handset would have a fingerprint sensor on the screen that allowed Apple to use a full-screen design and rip the home button. As we got closer to September 2017, it became clear that Touch ID would disappear and Face ID would take place. I have explained more than once why Face ID is so much better and more intuitive than Touch ID and that I do not want to return to a device that is only Touch ID.
Of course, the pandemic arrived and things changed quite drastically. 3D face recognition does not work with face masks and you will need a regular PIN code to unlock your phone and everything else that is password protected. It has proven to be an incredibly annoying task.
Twitter account L0vetodream, which some fans may be familiar with, sent just the following tweet:
MESA out for iPhone
– Did you do anything (@ L0vetodream) October 16, 2020
“MESA uts for iPhone” can look like a series of spelling mistakes until you remember that Mesa is the internal code name of Touch ID, and “uts” can stand for “below the screen.”
Many of these iPhone X rumors that said the phone would have Touch ID on the screen were credible because Apple had developed several methods to read fingerprints through the screen. Some used ultrasound and others were optical. Since then, we saw Android phones go under-display route. Very few of them actually tried to replicate the more elegant but more expensive 3D face recognition system.
Last month, Apple confirmed that it has not given up on Touch ID by adding an unprecedented fingerprint sensor to the new iPad Air. For the first time in an iOS device, the power button houses the Touch ID sensor. Just like it does on the MacBook Air and Pro.
It is the kind of solution that would work well during the pandemic, and the health crisis will last for at least another year, if not longer. When Apple started working on the iPhone 12, there was no pandemic. By the time COVID-19 got series, Apple was probably well beyond the point of no return. The iPhone 12 design, specifications, and supply chain were likely completed.
But Apple has time to add Touch ID to the iPhone 13. The leak gave no indication of what kind of iPhone would debut the feature. We have previously had reports that Apple would equip both Touch ID and Face ID on the same iPhone and that the move is scheduled for 2021. These rumors precede the COVID-19 pandemic, so Apple must have worked on the technology. for a while. As Apple fans now know, Apple will not release any innovation until they feel the technology is reliable and ready for public use. AirPower is an exception that further strengthens this rule.
Separate reports have claimed that Apple is working on iPhones without a hitch. It’s a design decision that involves the selfie camera going under the screen, hopefully along with the Face ID components.
As always with Apple rumors, nothing is final until Apple reveals on stage, no matter how reliable the leaker is.