Phones have become our necessity and as we repeatedly ensure that we have locked our homes, the security of our devices is equally important which houses our credit/debit card details and other credentials. Unlocking your phone in the old days included methods such as password, pin, pattern. Fast forward to 2019, there are numerous biometric authentication methods, such as the good-old fingerprint scanner, face scanner, iris scanner. Fingerprint sensors have taken a leap, with phones now embedding the futuristic sensors into the display, known as an in-display fingerprint scanner. Except for Google and Apple, every other manufacturer has transitioned from the physical sensor to the in-display one.
A report by Bloomberg suggests that Apple is working on in-display fingerprint authentication technology and will contend neck-to-neck with Samsung, OnePlus, and Huawei.
Hold your horses, the rumors might be talking about 2020 iPhones or even 2021. Industry analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said, “Apple wanted the in-display fingerprint sensor to work alongside Apple’s Face ID facial recognition technology on the iPhone.” She added that it wouldn’t be ready until 2021. If Apple decides to keep the hideous notch for its future iPhone, Touch ID and Face ID might coexist in future iPhones.
The Cupertino-giant is testing the “newer” both in-house and among its suppliers. Bloomberg said, “Suppliers have proven their ability to integrate the technology into iPhones, but the company has not managed to mass-produce it yet.” Apple wants the 2020 iPhones to equip Touch ID but if Bloomberg is to be believed, this timetable could move into 2021, as Ming-Chi Kuo predicted.
Apple’s strategy for the in-display fingerprint readers is simple – iPhone owners will need to press their finger down on “a large portion of the display” for authentication. Samsung’s under-display is the ultrasonic technology that scans your waves, unlike what OnePlus’ optical fingerprint does. But the latter is super fast. Another reason is the size of the sensors. They are currently too small for a human’s print to fully fit the sensor and this can unequivocally fail attempts which would extend the whole process take longer than conventional fingerprint readers would.