Despite Apple testing an under-screen touch ID sensor, It will not be back with the iPhone 13.

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After testing and developing the technology, Apple has opted not to incorporate an under-screen Touch ID sensor with the forthcoming iPhone 13, leaving users with Face ID as their sole biometric verification option.

Apple has been exploring Touch ID technology. That would have allowed the firm to embed the sensor beneath the iPhone’s display. It will allow users to authenticate by merely placing their finger on the screen. While Apple develops and explores new concepts and technologies on a regular basis. Rumors earlier this year claimed the firm was on track to incorporate Touch ID under the display with iPhones in 2021.

However, according to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman in his latest Power On newsletter, Apple’s intentions have changed drastically, and an under-screen Touch ID sensor “won’t make the cut” for the iPhone 13. Apple’s ultimate objective, according to Gurman, is to integrate Face ID beneath the display rather than Touch ID.

Touch ID is presently only available on the second-generation iPhone SE, although it has just made a comeback on the iPad. Apple engineers were able to integrate Touch ID into the Power Button on the iPad Air‘s newest iteration. Apple may decide to include the same technology in future low-cost iPhones while keeping Face ID reserved for higher-end models.

Reason of not providing an under-screen Touch ID sensor:

The reasons behind Apple’s decision to abandon its original intention to integrate Touch ID with the iPhone 13 are unknown; however, the firm may have believed that the technology was not yet mature enough to be used in its flagship iPhones. Alternatively, the release of iOS 14.5, which allows users to unlock their iPhones with their Apple Watch. The firm may have felt less pressure to incorporate the functionality.

Because Face ID does not operate if a user is wearing a face mask. The global health crisis and everyday use of a face mask raised the demand for Touch ID. With iOS 14.5 and watchOS 7.4, Apple fixed the problem. It allowed consumers to unlock their iPhone while wearing a mask as long as they have an Apple Watch.

The loss of an under-screen Touch ID sensor may upset some. Apple is still anticipating significant improvements with the iPhone 13. The next iPhones will place a strong emphasis on camera features, such as ProRes and portrait mode for video. The new phones will have a smaller notch, bigger batteries, and better performance.

Also read: Apple will release iPhone 13 in the 3rd week of September, and pro models will include a 1TB storage option.


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