iPhones Will Not Get In-Display Fingerprint Feature Just Yet, Here’s Why
Seeing how most Android-backed phones are shifting towards the integration of in-display fingerprint sensor as an added biometric security measure, most were under the impression that Apple would do the same for its next iPhones. It seemed plausible since the Fingerprint On Display (FOD) technology has become one of the newest features to look forward to.
Unfortunately, this may not be the case for Apple’s iPhone any time soon. Renowned analyst Ming-Chi Kuo shared through his latest research note that Apple will not be adding the FOD feature on its next batch of iPhones next fall, 9 to 5 Mac said.
Kuo admits that FOD technology is likely to grow to 500-percent in 2019 largely because Android phones have been adding the new feature. However, he pointed out how Apple’s own facial recognition technology has been thriving and that the Cupertino company will most likely sit back and observe the steadily improving in-display fingerprint technology.
It seems that Kuo’s take stems from the use of high-end OLED screens. Although he did not mention it, it could be a derivative as far as Apple is concerned. With the whole-screen sensing as the critical stage in the FOD technology adoption, such could lead to added costs to iPhones which most have been frowning on.
Come 2019, all upcoming iPhones are expected to come with Face ID as the company continues to maximize the investment it made on augmented reality solutions. The same is expected to extend to the 2019 lineup of iPads where the home button is expected to be taken out along with slimmer bezels to put its AR capabilities to full use, GSM Arena said.
Given Kuo’s take, Apple is more than likely to decide on whether to adopt the technology after next year. With a boom in phones donning in-display fingerprint technology next year, Apple may be slowly studying the new biometric feature and how it can fit in with its devices without a dramatic spike in cost.
Aside from that, there is the matter of accuracy and reliability in securing and unlocking devices. Facial recognition has been doing well thus far for the iPhone, indicating that there is hardly a need to add or replace the current feature.
Once FOD technology booms, Apple could start adding the feature slowly as a bonus security measure. With their invested AR technology doing well, it hardly makes sense (for now) to add another security feature that will likely draw a howl from folks wary of Apple’s suggested retail price on their line of devices.