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Ming-Chi Kuo rules out the return of Touch ID for flagship Apple iPhones

Touch ID may never return to flagship iPhones. (Image source: MacRumors)
Touch ID may never return to flagship iPhones. (Image source: MacRumors)
According to Ming-Chi Kuo, Touch ID will not make an appearance in the iPhone 15 or iPhone 16 series in any form. On the contrary, Apple will continue to develop its Face ID hardware, which may reach under-display status by the iPhone 15 Pro series anyway.

Face ID may have replaced Touch ID for the most part, but Apple has kept the latter going in devices like the iPhone SE, the iPad mini 6 and the iPad Air 5. Last year, Ming-Chi Kuo predicted that Apple would return to Touch ID for its flagship iPhones starting in 2023. Supposedly, Touch ID would return as an under-display option, mirroring the direction in which many Android smartphones OEMs have gone in the last few years.

However, Kuo now claims that this will not be the case, at least for another three years. Writing on Twitter, the Apple analyst stated that Apple 'may not adopt under-display Touch ID' in 2023 or 2024, ruling out the iPhone 15 and iPhone 16 series as potential candidates for the technology. Instead, Kuo adds 'Face ID with a mask on iPhone is already a great biometrics solution', which Apple introduced with iOS 15.4.

Ultimately, the need for an under-display Touch ID may not be needed if current expectations about the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max prove correct. As we have discussed previously, Apple is rumoured to have adopted punch-hole displays for this year's 'Pro' models, finally allowing it to move on from its infamous notch. Additionally, the company is believed to be developing an under-display alternative for the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max, pioneered by the likes of Samsung, Xiaomi and ZTE. 

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Alex Alderson, 2022-03-31 (Update: 2022-03-31)