Worried about Apple’s objectively ugly new iPhone 11 and iPhone XR2? You now have a very good reason to skip them.
Having attained a leaked report from financial giant Barclays, the ever-excellent MacRumors reveals Apple will bring back Touch ID for its 2020 iPhone. And, in typical Apple-style, it will late to the in-display reader trend seen this year but deliver a technological leap beyond anything we have experienced so far.
Barclays states that the big differentiator is Apple has developed a method to make the Touch ID sensor fill the whole screen. This means you will be able to unlock this new iPhone by placing your registered fingerprint anywhere on the display. This is a major step forward because in-display readers, unlike their physical predecessors, have no edges to guide your fingertips and their small detection areas make them less intuitive to use.
Furthermore, we shouldn’t be surprised at this breakthrough. Since December, Apple has filed no less than five (1,2,3,4,5) in-display Touch ID patents, including breakdowns with photography and information that reveals the tech will not just scan your fingerprint but 3D model it.
Why would Apple reintroduce Touch ID when Face ID is popular? Because the two will work together. Not only does this give users more flexibility, but it will also enable the use of simultaneous dual biometric security which incredibly hard to crack. A move which aligns perfectly with Apple’s wider vision of iPhones replacing your passport.
In addition to this, Barclays states that Apple’s 2020 iPhones will come with 5G (2019 iPhones miss out) and a potentially game-changing new 3D sensing rear camera system which was expected in the iPhone 11 but missed the cut. Barclays adds a final cherry on top, explaining that all 2020 iPhones will have OLED displays whereas the 2019 iPhone XR2 will be stuck with the low-resolution LCD of its predecessor.
Compare all this news with Barclays reiterated about Apple’s 2019 iPhone plans: ugly camera hump, a potential 1GB RAM increase for the iPhone XR2 (taking it to 4GB) and the removal of 3D Touch (one year late) and there’s little to get excited about.
Barclays didn’t mention the wider 2020 redesign iPhones are expected to have but, at this point, even Apple’s recent confirmation of its 2019 models shouldn’t set pulses racing. So, unless you’re desperately in need of an upgrade, 2019 iPhones are the year to skip.