Over the past few years, Apple has been changing its methods to improve its biometric user experience. We have seen Apple use the physical Home button, Touch ID, and Face ID 3D face recognition solution. In the current iPhone product line, only the Apple iPhone SE still retains the Home button. However, it appears that this situation will be changing pretty soon.
There are reports that Apple updated the demo image of a patent related to a side fingerprint two years ago. The new demo image now shows an iPhone-like style rather than the former flat form. To put it simply, the picture demonstrates the three states from the lock screen to unlock, waiting to be unlocked, then unlocking, and then after unlocking.
The patent clearly mentions that the device integrates the power button with the fingerprint recognition sensor. Since the current iPad Air 4 has already launched the side fingerprint, there is reason to believe that the iPhone and other iPad products will follow soon. It is almost beyond doubt that iPhone SE finally abandoned the Home button. As the cheapest model in Apple’s mobile phone product line, side fingerprints also help it reduce costs and separate it from the iPhone digital product line. According to Kuo Ming-Chi, Apple is still testing under-screen fingerprints sensors.
Of course, we do not expect this upcoming Apple iPhone with a side fingerprint sensor to be a flagship. If Apple must use this solution, it will probably be on its cheaper iPhone SE series. Perhaps, the iPhone SE 3 will come with this feature.
iPhone 12 series sales exceed 100 million units
A new report from Counterpoint Research reveals that the iPhone 12 series sales now exceed 100 million units. This is the first iPhone supercycle since the iPhone 6, which is a wave of massive replacements. Actually, the iPhone 12 series exceeded the 100 million units mark in April this year. This shows that the goal was achieved within 7 months of the device’s release. The iPhone 11, released in 2019, had a sales volume of over 100 million and took 9 months. The iPhone 6 that year was less than 7 months old, with sales exceeding 100 million. That year, the high sales volume of the iPhone 6 was due to the larger screen. This time, on iPhone 12, consumers mainly value new features such as 5G network and OLED screen. In the iPhone 12 series, the Pro Max model is the first choice for many customers. It has accumulated a 29% market share, while the iPhone 11 Pro Max has a 25% market share.