Apple Working on In-Display Fingerprint Scanner for 2020 iPhones

Posted on September 5, 2019 by Mehedi Hassan in Apple, iOS, Mobile with 12 Comments

Apple’s 2019 iPhones are coming out next week. And ahead of the release of Apple’s next iPhones, there are some new details on Apple’s plans for the iPhones coming out next year.

According to Bloomberg, Apple is working on putting an in-display fingerprint scanner on the 2020 iPhones. Earlier reports did suggest Apple will be putting in-display fingerprint scanners on iPhones in 2021, though.

The in-display fingerprint scanner will allow users to unlock their phone with their finger by putting Touch ID into the display. In-display fingerprint scanners are obviously nothing new, with many Android manufacturers making phones with in-display fingerprint scanners nowadays.

Apple will, however, continue to keep Face ID along with Touch ID on the 2020 iPhones. That means Apple might be the first company to offer both 3D-sensing face recognition and a fingerprint scanner on a phone at the same time. And if both Face ID and Touch ID work together all the time, it could make unlocking your iPhone way easier and faster than before. You could, for example, use Touch ID when you wake up, and use Face ID for things like making payments at a store, etc.

Touch ID is also making a return with Apple’s rumored low-cost iPhone SE successor, expected to arrive in early 2020.

Apple is still testing the in-display fingerprint scanner for the 2020 iPhones, but there’s a chance it could not arrive till 2021 if the testing process doesn’t proceed as expected.

There’s already been a lot of rumors about the 2020 iPhones, by the way. Cupertino is expected to put 5G on the 2020 iPhones, as well as rear-facing 3D cameras on the back, and a faster processor. For the 2019 iPhones coming out next week, Apple is working on a new processor, upgraded cameras, and improved Face ID — more on that here. 

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Comments (12)

12 responses to “Apple Working on In-Display Fingerprint Scanner for 2020 iPhones”

  1. dontbeevil

    you forgot to mention in the title that other companies already implemented it for a while and apple is copying it...strange

    • wright_is

      In reply to dontbeevil:

      Give it a rest. And he did mention that it is already de rigueur on Android.

      • dontbeevil

        In reply to wright_is:

        "Gmail No Longer Gives You an Excuse to Send Emails With Spelling and Grammar Mistakes"

        For some reasons they forgot to say that already provide the same feature for ages, but when it comes to MS, they really pay attention to put the emphasis on copy

        "Microsoft Copied the iPhone’s Animoji and Made It More Accessible"

        Oh they forgot to write copy also when it comes to

        "In-Display Fingerprint Scanners Will Make a Debut on the iPhone in 2021"


        "Apple Introduces New Migration Feature for iPhones"


        "Apple Testing Face ID and Touch ID Sign-In for"


        "Google Services Going Password less on Android"

        But suddenly they remembered again that apple has something similar to point out here:

        "Xiaomi, Oppo, and Vivo Announce New AirDrop-inspired File Transfer feature"

        (and of course there was nothing similar before airdrop…ehm Bluetooth/nfc file transfer)

        And they forgot to mention products with similar features again

        "Apple Watch Reportedly Getting Built-In Sleep Tracking"

        "Apple’s Tag Device for Tracking Personal Items Detailed in New Leak"

        "Apple Working on In-Display Fingerprint Scanner for 2020 iPhones"

  2. wright_is

    Why is it taking Apple so long to implement this? On Android, it has already reached down to mid-range devices, like the new Xiaomi's Mi9.

    • LT1 Z51

      In reply to wright_is:

      Apple has some weird standards for quality control in terms of features. It's weird because on some other things they couldn't care less. It all depends on how important it is to them. Until they perfect the Touch ID in the screen I can see them delaying it. Which means I won't get a new iPhone for some time (good for my bank account).

  3. Dryloch

    Sounds like buying an iPhone this year is a big mistake. I would say short the stock but people don't pay attention to this type of information so I am sure they will sell tons of them.

    • jwpear

      In reply to Dryloch:

      It does seem that way if this is important. It is to me. I really prefer Touch ID. However, I'm at a point that my eyes no longer focus up close as well as they used to and I don't want to be tied to my progressive glasses all the time. So I'm seriously thinking about moving from my 8 to a larger device. I may go the used route to keep the cost down and wait to see if they do reintro Touch ID in next year's model before purchasing new.

  4. Daekar

    Sounds like a lot of people are going to be very happy as long as they don't buy a new iPhone this year.

    • mattbg

      In reply to Daekar:

      I'll be happy to buy an iPhone this year. If in-screen Touch ID is released next year, in 2-3 years when I buy another iPhone the feature will be debugged and optimized.

  5. ommoran

    The title of this article should be "Apple Intends to Invent In-Display Fingerprint Scanning in time for 2020 phones!!!!"

    Or some similar type of hyperbole...

  6. mattbg

    Bring back the headphone jack, too.

  7. randallcorn

    So is this Apple saying that face recognition is not what everyone wants? So it is putting back the fingerprint scanner?

    in-display fingerprint scanner works great on my OnePlus phone. But Apple's will be better because they will come up with a different name and it will be Apple of course.