Rumormongers have long claimed that Apple might include face recogition in the next iPhone, but it's apparently much more than a nice-to-have feature... to the point where it might overshadow the Touch ID fingerprint reader. Bloomberg sources understand that the new smartphone will include a depth sensor that can scan your face with uncanny levels of accuracy and speed. It reportedly unlocks your device inside of "a few hundred milliseconds," even if it's laying on flat of a table. Unlike the iris scanner in the Galaxy S8, you wouldn't need to hold the phone close to your face. The 3D is said to improve security, too, by collecting more biometric data than Touch ID and reducing the chances that the scanner would be fooled by a photo.
CUPERTINO, CALIFORNIA/LOS ANGELES – Apple Inc. unveiled a revamped MacBook Pro on Thursday, adding a fingerprint reader, replacing function keys with a small touch screen and slimming down the workhorse of its computer notebook line. The first redesign in several years is a sign Apple still sees a role for the product that launched the company, even though its iPhones are now much more important in terms of sales. "What they really need to do is get people buying Macs again, instead of upgrading old ones. They haven't had a new, powerful MacBook Pro in a while and the MacBook Air is getting old," said Jan Dawson of Jackdaw Research, ahead of the event. The Mac line accounted for about 11 percent of Apple sales in the just-finished fiscal year, with the number of machines sold down by 10 percent to 18.5 million.
Apple is working on an in-display fingerprint reader for the iPhone, according to a report in Bloomberg. But don't expect the technology to be part of the new iPhones that Apple is almost certainly going to announce at a press gathering at its Silicon Valley headquarters on Sept. 10. Bloomberg suggested the embedded fingerprint technology could show up in iPhones that come out in 2020, and possibly later than that. Apple has not yet responded to a USA TODAY request for comment on the report, which Bloomberg based on unnamed people said to be familiar with the company's plans. Rival smartphone makers including Samsung, Oppo, and Xiaomi all have versions of an embedded fingerprint ID system for the screen as notable features inside their own premium devices.
As the expected fall debut of Apple Inc.'s next iPhones nears, rumors have taken hold, based on reports from analysts and leaks from Apple's supply chain. As with all speculative reports, it's best to take these ideas with a grain (or shaker) of salt. Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Here's a breakdown of what people are saying and what we make of it. There has long been an expectation that the next high-end version of the iPhone would have a new type of screen called OLED, which is short for "organic light-emitting diode."
If you've been holding off on getting a new iPhone because Touch ID is gone, you might only have to wait another year. According to Bloomberg, Apple is reportedly testing iPhone prototypes with a new version of its Touch ID fingerprint sensor that's embedded in the display instead of inside a physical home button. The new in-display Touch ID would let "a user scan their fingerprint on a large portion of the display, and it would work in tandem with the existing Face ID system." SEE ALSO: What to expect from Apple's'iPhone 11' event on Sept. 10 The report corroborates an investor note by TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who said last month that Apple was planning to resurrect the fingerprint sensor for iPhones slated for 2021. Bloomberg's report, however, suggests Apple could be readying the new Touch ID for iPhones for 2020 -- a year earlier if testing is successful.