iPhone 14 Pro: Apple finalises design without under-display Touch ID as trial production begins
Last year, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo raised hopes that Apple would return to Touch ID across its flagship smartphones, starting with the iPhone 14 series. Supposedly, Apple would adopt in-display fingerprint sensors, the likes of which Samsung and Xiaomi have been using for years. To that end, Apple had filed corresponding patent applications, as we discussed at the time.
However, iDrop News claims that Apple has ceased developing these sensors and is focussing on Face ID improvements instead. While iDrop News references sources that are 'related to the matter', it has not explained why Apple has abandoned a new style of Touch ID.
Incidentally, the Taiwan Economic Times reports that Foxconn, Apple's largest supplier, has started manufacturing the iPhone 14 Pro on a trial basis. As MacRumors states, commencing trial production suggests that Apple has finalised the iPhone 14 Pro's design. Reputedly, Foxconn will produce the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max, with Luxshare handling non-Pro models.
Purportedly, Foxconn is starting trial production now to evaluate the process, collect data and address any issues that could arise. Rumour has it that the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max could ship with punch-hole displays, not the notched ones to which iPhone fans have become accustomed. As usual, Apple is expected to announce the iPhone 14 series in September, possibly with a new and cheaper 6.7-inch model replacing the iPhone 13 mini.