Coming just one week after leaks revealed Apple will finally reduce the size of the notch and introduce 120Hz ProMotion refresh rates in its 2021 iPhones, we now know Touch ID is returning as well. In short, while it’s a shock to receive this information so early, the features everyone wanted this year are coming next year.
The latest details comes from acclaimed Apple insider L0vetodream and was subsequently endorsed by Jon Prosser, who also has a superb 2020 track record. The former cryptically tweeted that “MESA uts” is headed to the iPhone, which Prosser decoded explaining that MESA is Apple’s internal name for Touch ID and ‘uts’ stands for ‘under the screen’.
And this makes a lot of sense. First, Apple has been filing numerous in-display Touch ID patents for over a year. Second, Face ID has become a lot less useful during a global pandemic where masks are being widely worn with no end date in sight. Third, support for dual biometrics (Face ID is here to stay) delivers military-grade levels of security for banking and health data and aligns with Apple’s privacy-focused marketing and plans to integrate passports into future iPhones.
Yes, if you desperately need a new iPhone then Apple’s four new iPhone 12 models will be perfectly good replacements. But if you don’t mind holding off until next year, Apple will release the iPhone you really wanted all along.
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