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Fingerprint biometrics rumored to return on next-gen iPhone

Touch ID tech could be present on iPhone 13 and new iPhone SE

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Apple could bring back biometric fingerprint authentication on a next-generation iPhone, according to MacRumors.

The Apple-focused site posted an article last Thursday, examining how the return of Touch ID biometrics on iPhones has been predicted multiple times by known Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

According to the expert, the new iPhone model would integrate Touch ID‌ into its power button, much like the fourth-generation of the iPad Air.

However, Kuo specified this iPhone to be a lower-end model, like an iPhone SE, and not a flagship device.

In addition, Apple is also working on a high-end ‌iPhone‌ featuring both Face ID and under-display fingerprint scanner, which launch Kuo predicted for 2021.

The rumors seem to be confirmed by a survey Apple sent to some iPhone 12 owners last week, which was posted by 9to5mac. In the survey, the Cupertino giant asked various questions related to whether they preferred Touch ID to Face ID as a method of authentication.

Particularly, the survey allowed users to specify why they may not be satisfied with Face ID. Answers ranged from security and privacy concerns to having to pick up the phone to unlock it, to slow performance, and more.

The move could hint Apple is considering bringing back fingerprint authentication technology on new iPhone devices.

If the news turns out to be true, these new iPhones could feature dual biometric authentication capabilities, which Apple could decide to use in concert to allow users to circumvent the limitations of both technologies.

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