Apple will be able to bet again on an iPhone with Touch ID. The fingerprint reader would be offered in the model to be presented in 2021. It would also include Face ID, the facial recognition solution present in the company’s current cell phones.
The information is from Ming-Chi Kuo, an analyst at TF Securities, famous for advancing some of Apple’s plans. According to him, the company will use between 12 and 18 months to correct technical problems and then advertise the smartphone.
Current difficulties include the size of the sensor, its range on the screen and its energy consumption. Kuo believes that Apple will be able to resolve them in the second half of 2019, or at the beginning of 2021 at the latest.
The model with a fingerprint reader and facial recognition will be launched to “increase safety and convenience” for users, says the analyst. Apple is expected to use a version of Qualcomm’s system for recognizing fingerprints under the screen.
The company has also registered patents for digital readers under the smartphone screen. One of them was published in December 2018 and shows precisely Touch ID working as an alternative to Face ID.
In the document, Apple says that biometric authentication techniques are often cumbersome. The company cites as an example the facial recognition in two dimensions, which makes the user to align the face in the same way in the registration and authentications.
The patent also opens up the possibility of similar authentication on the Apple Watch. An excerpt says that the methods proposed in the document “reduce the number of unnecessary, irrelevant or repetitive typing required on computing devices, such as smartphones and smartwatches”.