The iPhone 13 launch week has leaked and Apple fans have some very good reasons to upgrade. But now there is a major reason why you might not.
Renders of Apple’s iPhone 13 range based on multiple leaks
In the latest addition of his Power On newsletter, Bloomberg’s respected Apple insider Mark Gurman has now confirmed his earlier tip-off that Apple has scrapped its plans to reintroduce Touch ID on the iPhone 13 range. But he does also reveal Apple’s exciting long term plans.
“While Apple had tested in-screen Touch ID for the next flagship iPhones, it won’t make the cut this year,” Gurman explains. This follows rampant speculation for the last year that the tech would return alongside Face ID, given the latter’s problems with masks during the pandemic.
That said, Apple is unlikely to give up on Touch ID with the first iPhone 14 leaks claiming an in-display Touch ID will make it into next year’s model (along with several other major upgrades).
Moreover, Gurman also reveals Apple has radical plans for Face ID moving forward: “I believe Apple is all-in on Face ID for its higher-end iPhones and its long-term goal is to implement Face ID in the display itself,” he explains. This is part of Apple’s long term goal to eliminate the notch, which the company has at least managed to shrink in time for this year’s new iPhones.
Apple iPhone concept showing in-display Touch ID
And this is where things get exciting. The combination of Face ID and, ultimately, in-display Touch ID will give iPhone users dual biometric verification. Used in tandem (look at your iPhone while placing a finger on the display) this can provide military grade levels of security and it fits in with Apple’s plans to make your iPhone your primary form of ID. While iOS 15 will hold your driving licence, the company has revealed patents enabling an iPhone to replace your passport. Dual biometrics would be essential for this level of security and could fundamentally change how we see our smartphones.
More immediately, however, for those stung by the loss of Touch ID on the iPhone 13 there is still plenty to be excited about. Multiple sources have now revealed Apple’s new iPhones will have massive new cameras, larger batteries, faster charging, smaller notches, next gen WiFi and — on Pro models — globally upgraded 5G and ProMotion displays. They may also double their storage.
And the deal maker in all this could be pricing. Apple is understood to be freezing iPhone 13 prices, something that is tipped to deliver another sales supercycle following the runaway success of the iPhone 12. Just watch out because Apple has already warned that the biggest challenge is likely to be getting your hands on one.
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