After two generation iPhones with Face ID and without a fingerprint sensor, we thought the company is done with using your fingers for biometric authentication. But according to the latest report coming from supply chain sources in China, the Cupertino-based firm might be doing a U turn.
Previously Apple was exploring different under-display fingerprint reader implementations, but none of them met its requirements. Now however the company may have finally found a solution and is preparing to use it on an affordable iPhone with thin bezels, smaller notch and a fingerprint reader sitting under the OLED screen.
This way Apple will cut some expenses by replacing the pricier Face ID tech for a fingerprint reader. The notch will go down in size considerably as a result.
Chinese users tend to pick flagship models in the CNY 5,000 ($730) price range where Apple's iPhone XR isn't as competitive feature-wise. That's why the American company is expected to introduce a China-only iPhone and try to take a bigger market share.
Now we'd say that bit seems highly unlikely as Apple has never done a single market phone so far, but producing such a device isn't out of the question. Plus if the company was to produce such a device, we have no doubt that other markets will be very interested in it too.
Do you realize you are paying like $200 extra for the convenience of not having to wipe your finger?