iPhone 13: Apple is working on Touch ID under display, it’s confirmed

The iPhone 13 will sign the great return of the Touch ID, reveals a leak. For the first time, Apple will hide the fingerprint reader under the screen of its smartphones. The Cupertino-based firm is currently testing optical sensor technology.

The Covid-19 pandemic is forcing Apple to adapt. While oral masks are mandatory in most countries, Face ID facial recognition, which opened in 2017 on iPhone X, has become completely useless.

Under these conditions, Apple wants to integrate a Touch ID fingerprint reader under the screen of its iPhone 13 ,reports the Wall Street Journal. Citing information provided by an Apple employee alumnus, the media outlet claims that the group has recently accelerated the development of its Touch ID under the display.


According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple is banking on an optical fingerprint reader. This technology, still under development, would be more reliable and secure than the ultrasonic module embedded under the screen of Samsung smartphones, especially the Galaxy S21. This is rather surprising: optical technology is considered less reliable (if you have wet or dirty fingers for example) than ultrasonic drives.

Nevertheless, Apple is far from wanting to give up Face ID. According to the media, the Californian brand will offer two biometric unlocking technology on its future iPhones. For the first time, you’ll be able to unlock the iPhone (and use Apple Pay) with your face or finger.

As a reminder, several other reliable sources abound in the same direction. These include renowned analyst Ming-Chi Kuo and Bloomberg journalist Mark Gurman. So we can argue, with more or less certainty, that Apple is actually experimenting with Touch ID sensors under the screen in its labs.

Nevertheless, it is still possible for the manufacturer to change its long gun in the coming months, until the final design is validated and mass production is launched. According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple won’t integrate the Touch ID under the screen if it’s not as responsive as the Touch ID housed in the button on older iPhones. Nothing is played yet.