IPhone 12S Could Bring Back a Feature Apple Abandoned in 2017

Joanna Estrada
January 18, 2021

After final yr's design overhaul and introduction of 5G to the iphone-12 lineup, the anticipated 2021 iPhone models gained't embody any main adjustments with exclusively minor updates coming such because the addition of an in-display fingerprint reader, in response to a Bloomberg report. The report further states that Apple won't be launching a foldable iPhone anytime soon as it's now focusing on the release of its next-generation flagship iPhones and iPads scheduled for later this year. As a result, this new lineup would be less of an iPhone 13 and more of an S upgrade, and this makes some refer to the upcoming series as iPhone 12S. Ditto for the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5S.

Of course, the idea isn't new, as several Android devices already come with fingerprint sensors embedded into the glass.

According to Gurman, this would be a "key upgrade for 2021", and Apple is already testing it in a mostly final form. Also, with mask usage showing no signs of receding, Apple is left with the next best solution, that of reintroducing the Touch ID sensors for fingerprint scanning.

It appears that Apple has been eyeing the segment for a few years now.

It's also important to remember that the TrueDepth camera on the iPhone is used for much more than just Face ID, so it's unlikely that Apple would remove that component entirely, and as long as it's there anyway, there's really no reason to eliminate Face ID support. In other words, the iPhone would feature a Touch ID + Face ID combo, once again an approach now being used by some Android devices out there too.

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