Apple removes Touch ID for iPhone 13 despite testing of under-screen sensor

It was reported by multiple credible sources that the Silicon-Valley based company was working on Touch ID which will make unlocking your iPhone with a mask on much easier. However, according to recent reports the tech giant seems to have changed its mind.

Apple has been known for adapting to the current trends and adjusting to users’ needs. The start of the pandemic highlighted a need for Touch ID since users could not unlock their devices while wearing masks. While Apple had worked out a short-term solution for Apple Watch users, there was no permanent fix.

iPhone 13 not to have Touch ID

As aforementioned while Apple tested and developed the technology, the company has decided not to integrate an under-screen Touch ID sensor with the next iPhone 13, leaving customers with Face ID as their only biometric verification option.

Apple had been exploring Touch ID technology, which would have allowed the corporation to install the sensor beneath the iPhone’s display, allowing users to authenticate by just placing their finger on the screen. While Apple tests and researches new concepts and technologies regularly, reports earlier this year stated the company was on track to add Touch ID under the display with iPhones in 2021.

However, according to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman in his monthly Power On newsletter, Apple’s intentions have changed considerably, and an under-screen Touch ID sensor “won’t cut” for the iPhone 13.

Touch ID is now only available on the second-generation iPhone SE, although it has recently made a comeback on the iPad. Apple engineers were able to integrate Touch ID into the Power Button on the iPad Air’s current edition. Apple may decide to include the same technology in future low-cost iPhones while keeping Face ID reserved for higher-end models.

Why was Touch ID scrapped?

The reasons behind Apple’s decision to abandon its original plan to add Touch ID with the iPhone 13 are not known. The corporation may have believed that the technology was not yet mature enough to be used in its flagship iPhones. Alternatively, following the release of iOS 14.5, which allows consumers to unlock their iPhones with their Apple Watch, the corporation may have felt less pressure to integrate the capability.

In Other News

Recently, Apple appears to be revamping a number of its products. Its entire storefront was recently redone. While the Apple Store online has been remodeled, the App Store has mostly remained the same. However, there has been an increase in the number of apps on the market that handle SMS Sharing and other utility functions. It’s tough to tell whether a new trend is budding or not.

This article was submitted by Bianca Patrick.

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