Little by little, the idea of a return of Touch ID on the iPhone is gaining ground. If Apple is very satisfied with the performance of facial recognition on its recent high-end models (excluding the iPhone SE which still has Touch ID), this biometric sensor has shown its limits during the health crisis. Indeed, facial recognition is not really practical for users wearing a mask.
In addition, sources suggest that Apple would be particularly interested in a technology that has already been used for years by its competitors: the fingerprint scanner integrated into the screen. On many Android models, the Touch ID equivalent is not positioned on a physical button, but under the screen. Thus, to unlock his smartphone or to validate a payment, the user places his finger on a specific area of the screen under which there is a fingerprint scanner.
At the moment, it’s unclear when Touch ID technology could return to Apple’s flagship products. However, some also believe that the company could one day equip the Apple Watch with the same technology.
But, bad news for all those who hoped for it: according to Mark Gurman, reporter for Bloomberg, and one of the most reliable sources of leaks, the arrival of Touch ID on the Apple Watch is very unlikely.
As the MacRumours site reports, in a newsletter, the journalist indicates that this is not going to happen anytime soon. And it would even be possible that it never happens.
However, if Apple managed to fit a fingerprint scanner into a connected watch, it could have many uses, for example to unlock an application, or as an additional security measure for validating transactions.
By: Keleops AG