Apple appears to be weighing up plans to revive its Touch ID fingerprint scanner, a little over a year after first dropping the tech from its flagship iPhone.
Since the arrival of the iPhone X and Face ID, Apple has shown growing commitment to facial scanning. The iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR all come with Face ID, but do not feature a fingerprint scanner.
However, a newly unearthed patent, first filed in January 2018, shows off plans for a fingerprint scanner built into a future iPhone’s screen. This scanner could be used as a backup in the rare cases when Face ID fails to work.
In–built fingerprint scanners are becoming increasingly popular among Android manufacturers. The OnePlus 6T comes with a basic version, while Huawei’s excellent Mate Pro 20 combines facial and fingerprint scanning too. Samsung’s Galaxy S10, due next February, is set to do the same.
For its part, Apple has always said it never wanted to include Touch ID on the iPhone X, meaning any sort of comeback would be particularly surprising. However, if the market demands it, a change to this kind of system, where it’s offered as a backup, may not be that far–fetched.