Even though there is probably a long time before iPhone 13 will be out, many things avbou the expected model are being discussed, and one among them is whether it will have Touch ID feature. O
f course, at this point we must remember that we are talking about Apple, so these news always take the form of leaks, since the company is exceptionally reluctant to reveal any details of their products ahead of time. But that’s what the leakers take care of.
The problem is that, sometimes, the data of such leaks are contradictory to each other, and that is precisely what we are facing in this case. And what is worse, it generates a new scenario that had not been considered so far. Recall that the first rumors suggested that the iPhone 13 would bring back Touch ID and say goodbye to Face ID. But shortly after, new rumors indicated that visual identification would be maintained and Touch ID was not coming back. And now it seems that, why choose, since the future iPhone 13 could have both identification systems.
It points in this regard a report from The Wall Street Journal, and it says the new implementation of the fingerprint sensor on the iPhone 13 would be located directly on the screen, unlike the previous one, which was located in the also disappeared home button of the phone. That is, unlike what other manufacturers do, which place the fingerprint reader on the back of the phone or on one of its sides. So the iPhone 13 would keep the two identification elements on the front.
Looking at the rumors, it seems increasingly clear that Apple is keen to bring back the fingerprint sensor, something that until a year ago might have been somewhat surprising. However, the authentication provided by Face ID has proven not to be as secure as fingerprint sensors provide.
So, given that the iPhone 13 will keep the same design as the iPhone 12, with Face ID included, it makes sense that Apple has chosen to keep the visual identification, but at the same time wants its new smartphone to adapt to times in which a mask we use currently makes it impossible to use Face ID on many occasions.
In addition, incorporating both identification systems in the iPhone 13 would allow Apple to test the operation of Touch ID directly on the screen, in order to assess the possible elimination of Face ID in the iPhone 14. If they get the expected results, we might finally see a iPhone in which the screen occupies the entire surface and get rid of the notch needed for the Face ID.
So, does this mean that the iPhone 13 will feature both identification systems? Unfortunately we have no way of knowing this yet. Except for some surprise very difficult to predict, Apple will confirm it to us in the official presentation, for now we can only echo the leaks, and try to determine if they make sense in the current context.