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Apr 12, 2001

Apple is developing an in-display fingerprint scanner for future iPhones, according to Bloomberg's Mark Gurman and Debby Wu.


The report claims Apple is considering including the in-display scanner in a 2020 iPhone if testing is successful, but adds there is a possibility the tech will not be ready until 2021. This lines up with a prediction from noted Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who expects an iPhone with both Face ID and in-display Touch ID in 2021.

The upcoming fingerprint reader would be embedded in the display, enabling users to unlock the iPhone by placing a finger almost anywhere on the screen, and it would complement rather than replace the existing Face ID system. This would give users the convenience of two biometric authentication options.

Face ID and Touch ID each have their weaknesses, such as Face ID not working well when an iPhone is laying flat on a table, or Touch ID not playing friendly with wet fingers. With both systems, users would have the best of both worlds, using the authentication option that is better in a given situation.

Several major Android smartphone makers have adopted in-screen fingerprint scanners over the past few years, including Samsung.

Apple is also working on its first low-cost iPhone since the iPhone SE, which could launch as early as the first half of 2020, according to Bloomberg. As Nikkei reported earlier this week, the device is said to look similar to the iPhone 8, including a 4.7-inch display and a Touch ID home button.

The iPhone 8 currently retails for $599 and up, while the iPhone SE started at $399, but was later discounted to $349.

Article Link: Bloomberg: Apple Planning iPhone With Both Face ID and Touch ID Under Display by 2021
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macrumors regular
Sep 13, 2017
I don't really want 'touch anywhere TouchID'. It would lead to the iPhone unlocking whenever you just picked it up to look at lockscreen notifications especially with the thin bezels.


Aug 2, 2019
Out West
I can't see a negative in this. Seems like best of both worlds. Like Face ID? Perfect. Like Touch ID? Perfect. This should be a great thread with no complaining!
Thank you - Voice of Reason to the 'going backwards' crowd.

As the smartphone space become more competitive, Apple needs to be less dogmatic. The recent change to repair policy and now TouchID, shows a welcome change.

Hoping for 2020.


macrumors 65816
Nov 16, 2017
I don't really want 'touch anywhere TouchID'. It would lead to the iPhone unlocking whenever you just picked it up to look at lockscreen notifications especially with the thin bezels.
I'm guessing it would work like Face ID where you still need to swipe up after authenticating.

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macrumors 68000
Feb 12, 2006
“Apple stopped selling new iPhones with Touch ID in 2018 with the launch of the iPhone XR”

They did?

Also dislike how Bloomberg editors format articles; painful. Article about Apple and they keep telling us where Apple’s main campus is before they mention them. And “the people said”.


macrumors 604
Oct 5, 2008
Bloomberg is usually spot on. Mark definitely has some insight on this, so its believable.


macrumors regular
Sep 12, 2018
This doesn't sound like classic Apple at all though. Apple almost never offers redundant functionality and supports its choices (even when these are bad). Also, although Face ID isn't perfect, not many people complain about it.
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