Recapping Rumors About Under-Screen Face ID and Touch ID on Future iPhones

Earlier this week, display industry consultant Ross Young claimed that iPhone 14 Pro models will feature punch-hole and pill-shaped cutouts that replace the notch. If this design turns out to be accurate, this year it ditches Face ID entirely below the screen.

iPhone 14 Mock up pill and hole
In light of this latest rumour, we’ve put together a roundup of everything we’ve heard so far about Face ID and Touch ID on future iPhones.

Face ID under the screen

Young claimed that the iPhone’s built-in infrared camera for Face ID won’t move below the display until at least 2023 or 2024, suggesting full under-display Face ID won’t happen until at least the iPhone 15 Pro next year. .

Beyond the iPhone 13 Best Blue Face ID

In an April 2021 research note, often-accurate analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said he expects Apple to adopt under-display Face ID for at least one new iPhone model to launch in 2023, but did not provide further details. at that moment.

“We expect Apple to adopt a periscope telephoto lens and under-display Face ID in 2023,” Kuo wrote, in a note with TF International Securities.

Touch ID under the screen

Apple tested an under-display fingerprint scanner for at least some iPhone 13 models, according to The Wall Street Journalby Joanna Stern and Bloombergby Mark Gurman, but apparently Apple decided not to go ahead with the idea.

iPhone 12 Touch ID function Img

In a September 2021 research note, Kuo forecast that Apple will launch at least one new iPhone model with an under-display fingerprint scanner in the second half of 2023, but has not shared any further information since then.

“We predict that the new iPhone 2H23 will support under-display fingerprinting,” Kuo said.

Touch ID on the power button

The latest iPad Air and iPad mini models have Touch ID built into the power button, but no iPhone offers this functionality yet.

ipad air touch id function

In a December 2019 research note, Kuo predicted that Apple would launch a larger iPhone SE with a 5.5-inch or 6.1-inch screen in the first half of 2021, saying that this device would feature Touch ID built into the iPhone SE. the side power button. Apple hasn’t released such a device yet, but rumors suggest a larger iPhone SE is still planned for release in 2024, and it may have a Touch ID power button as claimed.


The latest rumors suggest that at least one iPhone with under-display Face ID and at least one iPhone with under-display Touch ID will launch in 2023, but it’s unclear if Apple plans to release an iPhone with both biometric authentication options.

An iPhone with a Touch ID power button is more of a wild card, but it could happen with a larger iPhone SE in 2024.


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