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Apple could bring under-display Touch ID to future iPhone models

There is no word on when Apple will include under-display Touch ID in its iPhone models.

Apple iPhone 12
Apple iPhone 12 (AP)

Apple has long been known to be working on including an under-display fingerprint sensor in its iPhone models. Some reports in the past hinted towards Apple including the under-display fingerprint sensor in its 2020 iPhones. However, those rumours came to a rest when Apple launched the iPhone 12 series last week. But now, a new report hints otherwise.

In case you are confused, the report doesn’t say that the iPhone 12 series has the mentioned technology. Instead, it says that future iPhone models could come with the in-display fingerprint sensor. According to a rather cryptic tweet by tipster who goes by the name L0vetodream on Twitter, future iPhone models are likely to include the in-display fingerprint sensor.

“MESA uts for iPhone,” the tipster wrote in a tweet.

‘MESA’ is Apple’s internal code for Touch ID and ‘uts’ is the abbreviation for ‘under the screen’. This means that Apple is still working on an under-the-screen Touch ID for iPhones. The tipster, however, did not reveal when the company would include the feature in its iPhone models.

That said, including under-display Touch ID in addition to the Face ID makes sense for the company. There are use cases wherein one form of biometric identification works better than the other, 9To5 Mac reported. For instance, Touch ID doesn’t work well with gloves, while the Face ID isn’t as good while using face masks -- something that has become a norm these days. Sure, Apple has released updates -- essentially workaround -- that make it easier for users to use Face ID while wearing masks but it isn’t as frictionless as using Face ID. Having both the Touch ID and the Face ID on iPhones solves that problem. That said, Apple hasn’t said anything about this technology so for now we can only hope that the company does manage to include both the forms of biometric authentication in its iPhones next year.