Rumors have been suggesting Apple’s entrance into the under-screen fingerprint scanner for years. This would be a big step forward as the company could easily bring back Touch ID – a feature that is still missed by a lot of Apple fans. However, the iPhone 13 series still came with the usual Face ID scanner. For this year, the hopes are high again. There are many rumors suggesting that Apple will ditch the notch for good and will bring an under-screen Touch ID. However, Face ID will still work as the necessary hardware will be placed in punch holes. The result is quite unusual for the smartphone industry, but as usual for Apple, will probably create a new trend. As per a new report, the iPhone 14 series will still not bring the Touch ID back, to our sincere disappointment.
According to the reputed Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the Apple iPhone 14 series will miss out on periscope cameras and the under-display Touch ID. According to him, the cameras with advanced zooming capabilities will only arrive in 2023 with the iPhone 15 series. The under-screen fingerprint scanner, however, has been postponed to 2025 – with the iPhone 17 (tentative) series. We don’t know exactly what Apple wants, but the current under-screen fingerprint scanners are faster enough for most users. Maybe Apple wants to keep pushing Face ID, or it is still not happy with the results of its under-screen fingerprint tech.
iPhones will miss under-screen Touch ID until 2025
Since the iPhone 14 won’t bring back an under-display Touch ID and a Periscope camera, the improvements may be “less advanced”. For instance, the rumors suggest the dual punch-hole design which will still allow Face ID to work. Moreover, we can expect the usual improved main camera sensor, although the exact resolution remains unclear. The company will bring a thicker body which hopefully means a bigger battery. Finally, we may see the Apple 16 Bionic. But the upgrade in hardware, for the first time, will not be available for everyone.
It’s shocking, but rumors point out to the Apple A16 Bionic is only in the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max. According to reports, for the first time, there will be significant hardware differences between the iPhone lineup. The iPhone 14 and the iPhone 14 Max will stick with the Apple A15 Bionic, which means the same performance as last year’s models. There is no indication that these two models will cost less than their predecessors. Some rumors have suggested a tweaked variant, which is already better than the exact same thing.
The non-Pro models will also lack ProMotion displays, which is Apple’s fancy name for the 120 Hz adaptive refresh rate. Apparently, Apple’s big display supplier “BOE” cannot match the demand for iPhone panels. We wouldn’t be surprised to see the iPhone 14 and 14 Max with the old notch.
While the Android bandwagon brings revolutionary technologies in a bid to sell more, Apple keeps doing the usual and selling iPhones like hotcakes. According to recent reports, the production for the iPhone 14 series has already begun.