Faced with COVID, Apple will reintroduce Touch ID on its iPhones from 2021

The year 2021 should be an “S” year for the iPhone, therefore with some minor novelties compared to the iPhone 12. Apple would nevertheless have plans to reintroduce Touch ID. One way to avoid the tedious entry of a code when wearing a mask.

Here the apple on the back of the iPhone 12 Pro, for illustration // Source: Arnaud Gelineau, Frandroid

What are Apple engineers up to at the start of 2021? Information compiled by Mark Gurman for Bloomberg tell us about some of the group’s plans for the coming year, with a 2021 iPhone leading the way, which will follow closely behind the iPhone 12.

The return of Touch ID envisaged

Like all versions following the release of a new model, the device should indeed be limited to a tweaking of the existing one. We would thus find a similar design, but with a few new features.

Among them, the reintroduction of a Touch ID fingerprint reader is talked about again. This time it would be placed under the screen and would come in addition to Face ID which would for its part remain used both for facial identification.

By using Touch ID again, Apple’s goal would be to make it easier to unlock its next iPhones during a pandemic, when wearing a mask is mandatory in many regions.

A 2021 iPhone without the Lightning port

Remember that Apple still relies on Touch ID for its MacBook Air and MacBook Pro. The firm also continues to use fingerprint recognition on its latest iPhone SE and reintroduced it on the iPad Air 2020 through a button positioned on the edge of the device.

Abandoned in 2017 on the iPhone X in favor of Face ID, Touch ID could therefore make its comeback on the iPhone in 2021, potentially helped by a technology signed by Qualcomm. And for good reason, the American manufacturer, which supplies Apple with its 5G modems, recently announced a new fingerprint sensor, faster and designed to be placed under the screen. This is the one Apple would use.

Bloomberg indicates for the rest that some 2021 iPhone models could also be marketed without any physical port. Apple would thus consider getting rid of the Lightning socket in favor of the “wireless” MagSafe recharging used since 2020 with the iPhone 12. The transfer of files, it would continue to be done via AirDrop.

An entry-level iPad with a modern chassis

This year, Apple could finally launch a new iPad Pro equipped with a MiniLED panel and a faster processor (A14Z, engraved in 5 nm?). The brand would also focus on the sale of a new entry-level iPad. The latter would finally abandon the outdated design of the current iPad 8 in favor of a slightly more elegant chassis, inspired by the lines of the iPad Air 2019 (replaced at the end of 2020 by a completely redesigned model).

Apple engineers would also work on the premises of a foldable iPhone, of which only the screen would be currently in R&D, we were talking about it recently in a dedicated article.

Source: Frandroid by www.frandroid.com.

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