Face ID replaced Touch ID on the iPhone starting with the iPhone X in 2017. Since then, there have been widespread rumors that Apple will potentially add Touch ID back to the iPhone, but nothing has actually materialized.
Now a new report from Bloomberg says that while Apple has been testing adding Touch ID back to the iPhone, it’s unlikely to actually happen anytime soon.
In the latest edition of his Switch on newsletter, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman says Apple has been testing in-screen Touch ID for the iPhone and has also considered adding Touch ID to the power button, similar to the iPad Air and iPad mini.
Ultimately, even if Apple has been testing both of these things, Gurman believes it’s unlikely that either will see the light of day “at least anytime in the foreseeable future.”
Over the past few years, there have been discussions within Apple to bring back Touch ID to high-end iPhones. The company has been testing Touch ID on the screen and has even considered putting it on the power button. At this point, I think Face ID is here to stay, and Touch ID won’t be returning to flagship iPhones — at least not anytime soon
One possibility Gurman suggests is that Apple could move Touch ID to the power button on lower-end iPhones, such as the iPhone SE. While this would be similar to the split of Face ID and Touch ID on the iPad, Gurman says he hasn’t “heard anything that it’s actually in the pipeline.
Personally, I would love to see Touch ID make a comeback to the iPhone at some point in the future. Face ID has improved significantly over the years, especially now that it works in landscape mode as well as with face masks. There are still situations where it would be useful to have Touch ID as an option as well.
As I noted earlier, there is also a security benefit to having both Face ID and Touch ID on the iPhone. For example, you may require both Face ID authentication and Touch ID authentication to access ultra-sensitive information.
What do you think? Are you hoping to see Touch ID return to the iPhone at some point? Tell us in the comments.
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