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Apple's 2019 iPhones Won't Adopt Fingerprint on Display Technology

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Apple doesn't plan to return to fingerprint recognition for biometric authentication features with its 2019 iPhone lineup, according to a new note to investors shared this morning by Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

Kuo does not expect Apple's 2019 iPhones to support fingerprint on display technology, which would allow the iPhone to read a fingerprint through its display, doing away with the need for a physical Home button.


Instead, Apple is likely to continue to use the TrueDepth Camera System for Face ID as a biometric authentication method in the iPhone and other devices.

According to Kuo, Android manufacturers are keen to adopt fingerprint on display technology as a way to differentiate their devices from the iPhone.
All main Android brands currently treat FOD as the important function to differentiate themselves from iPhone (we expect 2H19 iPhone models will not support FOD). The reasons are as follows: (1) The user feedback on the iPhone is lower than expected. (2) The user feedback on the first FOD smartphone, Vivo's X21 FOD version, is higher than expected, and (3) FOD is the best fingerprint recognition solution for the full-screen design which is necessary for a high-end smartphone.
Kuo last year said that Android manufacturers were several years away from matching the iPhone's advanced Face ID technology. Companies like Samsung have adopted facial recognition, but not a secure 3D version like Apple has implemented, which is likely another reason Android manufacturers are focusing on fingerprint on display technology.


Over the course of the next year, Kuo expects an increasing number of Android manufacturers to adopt fingerprint on display functionality, encouraged by Vivo's implementation and advances in technology that will cut down on component pricing and experience.

By the first half of 2019, Kuo is counting on an uptick in fingerprint on display manufacturers, with "marked improvements for user experience" coming due to an upgrade to a larger aperture lens and ultrasonic fingerprint on display mass production.

Samsung, one of Apple's main competitors, is expected to adopt fingerprint on display technology for its Galaxy S10 during the first quarter of 2019.

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Gorms

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As a man who has hair of variable length, both at the top and at the bottom of the head, I find myself using the passcode screen a lot. It's much vaunted learning capabilities are slightly oversold and the lack of landscape unlock or any degree in between the two is infuriating at times.

Whilst I'm not saying bin FaceID, I wouldn't be 100% sad if Apple did eventually adopt this, even alongside FaceID. Or just improved FaceID to the point I stop whining.
 
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GuruZac

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So no surprise. Apple has repeatedly stated Face ID is the future in biometric security. Face ID is significantly more secure than Touch ID. The big grip seems to be the time to unlock the phone and the method needed to unlock your phone since you have to activate the screen, then scan your face, then the phone unlocks. This will only get faster and more accurate so I think any discussion of Apple using FOD will become moot.
 
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jaack

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As a man who has hair of variable length, both at the top and at the bottom of the head, I find myself using the passcode screen a lot. It's much vaunted learning capabilities are slightly oversold and the lack of landscape unlock or any degree in between the two is infuriating at times.

Whilst I'm not saying bin FaceID, I wouldn't be 100% sad if Apple did eventually adopt this, even alongside FaceID. Or just improved FaceID to the point I stop whining.
Luckily in iOS 12 you can add an alternative appearance for situations like this
 
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Michael Scrip

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What's the distance limitation of FaceID?

Let's say I have my iPhone in one of those car-mounts... can it see my face from roughly 24" away?

That's one reason I might not be too keen on abandoning TouchID in future iPhones... now I can just rest my thumb on the fingerprint sensor to unlock it to change songs or whatever.
 
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Appleaker

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For those saying claiming that Apple is not interested in display fingerprint sensing, that's completely false. They are still developing it and currently plan to add it sometime in the future, my guess is when yields are suitable, reliability and speed are good, and when they can implement it across the entire display. What is true is that FaceID isn't going away, a future TouchID implementation wouldn't replace FaceID. Some people seem to thing they've ruled it out in favour of FaceID because they positioned it as the future.... What were you expecting them to do?
 
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Iphtashu Fitz

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I've stuck with my iPhone 6 (and touch ID) up to this point but I'll likely upgrade this cycle, and I'm curious as to how it'll fit into my workflow. We use a number of different MFA/2FA authentication systems where I work (Google Auth, Duo Security, Microsoft Auth, and Okta), so I'm fairly regularly unlocking my phone to deal with them. I've currently got my work desk setup so that I put my iPhone sideways on the base of my Macbook which is propped up on an angled laptop stand (I use a full-sized keyboard & monitor at work). It's pretty easy for me to just move my hand a few inches from my keyboard to my iPhone to unlock it & respond to whatever MFA request I have. Hopefully I won't have to keep craning by neck into just the right position for Face ID to unlock the phone for me... I really don't want to have to constantly enter my PIN if Face ID won't work properly...
 
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Darrensk8

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On the whole I think it’s great and much prefer it to Touch ID , except when using it with Apple Pay,
 
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I7guy

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Gotta be in it to win it
Can’t say I’m surprised. Apple will differentiate itself using Face ID while android vendors will clamor to use Touch ID in glass, differentiating themselves even less.
 
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