THE Appleis expected to announce the iPhone 11 line next week, so the rumors now look to 2020: the company should launch cell phones with a digital reader built into the screen, keeping Face ID for 3D facial recognition and Animojis. In addition, we expect to see a more accessible model, successor to the iPhone SE, in the first half of next year.
The information comes from Bloomberg: Apple would be working on a more affordable phone, following the example of the iPhone SE, which could be launched in the first half of 2020. The device would be similar to the iPhone 8 and would come with a 4.7 inch screen. This reinforces a rumor from the Japanese newspaper Nikkei Asian Review.
In addition, Apple would be developing a digital reader technology embedded in the screen that could appear on other iPhones in 2020. The tests would already be taking place, but depending on the case, the feature could be postponed to 2021.
Apple vendors have managed to integrate their fingerprint readers into iPhones, according to Bloomberg, but the company has yet to achieve mass production of these sensors.
Ming-Chi Kuo, an analyst at TF Securities, said earlier that Apple faces some difficulties in embedding the fingerprint reader in the iPhone, including the size, area used on the screen and power consumption. It must use an adapted version of a Qualcomm system.
iPhone with digital reader must keep Face ID
Touch ID should not replace Face ID, but rather complement it: the user could unlock the iPhone with the digital or with facial recognition. In addition, the 3D depth sensor must continue because of the Animojis: it is used to map the face in detail.
There are about 100 cell phones with a digital reader under the screen, according to GSMArena, coming from brands like Samsung, Xiaomi, Huawei, OnePlus and Motorola.
However, it is rarer to see this sensor combined with 3D facial recognition: the two forms of biometrics can be found in the Mi 8 Explorer Edition and Huawei Mate 20 Pro, for example.
Many manufacturers sell cell phones with 2D facial recognition, sometimes combined with an infrared sensor for this feature to work in the dark (case of Pocophone F1). However, this form of biometrics is more insecure and can be tricked by a photo.