That Apple has been thinking about returning to Touch ID for a while is something that, at this point, will not surprise practically anyone. It is true that Face ID , the identification system through the camera, has been tremendously effective since its debut a few years ago with the iPhone X, but the notch in which all the elements of the camera are located, the characteristic notch , is a solution that, by design, has never finished convincing in Cupertino.
Thus, and as we can read in Gizchina , Apple would have been carrying out several tests with screens that incorporate the fingerprint reader , which would eliminate the need to use the camera, as well as reserve a space somewhere on the front of the iPhone to place the sensor biometric. However, and according to some analysts, the solution would not have finished convincing those responsible for Apple . The reasons? We do not know it. Perhaps a performance or reliability below expectations, or perhaps a lower image quality in the area of the screen with the sensor.
Be that as it may, it seems that Apple is still determined to end the notch, although we will still have to wait a bit for this change. In principle, and we do not expect surprises in this regard, the already close iPhone 13 will repeat the design of the iPhone 12 , although it is possible that with some differences. Among them, precisely, a somewhat smaller notch , in one more sample that the company is less satisfied with this solution every day.
Another possibility for Apple would be to integrate the Touch ID sensor on one of the sides or on the back of the phone . However, for some reason that I cannot understand, this option does not seem to have been on the table long enough to have been taken seriously. And it really surprises me, since there are quite a few smartphones that have opted for this formula that, in general, seems to work quite well.
Instead, these voices suggest that biometric identification in future iPhones, beyond the 13, will continue to depend on Face ID, but with something that already seems to be closer: integrating all the elements of the identification system, including the camera. , under the screen . The cameras under the screen have evolved a lot this last year, but as we could read at the time they still did not offer the necessary image quality to entrust the responsibility of Face ID to it.
The removal of the notch was planned, in principle, for 2022, although it is not clear if this was limited to the recovery of Touch ID directly on the screen. Now some analysts start talking about Face ID under the screen in 2022, that is, on the iPhone 14 . Will Apple be able to arrive in time with the necessary technology? Otherwise, either it breaks its rule of maintaining the same design for every two generations, or else it would be forced to maintain the notch until, at least, 2024, with the launch of the iPhone 16.