Apple made an interesting decision to drop Touch ID entirely on the iPhone X in favor of Face ID. While Face ID has proven itself to be a pretty secure way of protecting your iPhone, the downside is that you are required to look at the phone to unlock it, versus Touch ID where you could reach for your phone and unlock it more discreetly.

Now there is a recent rumor that suggests that Apple could still be interested in fingerprint technology and in-display sensors, and a recently discovered patent by Patently Apple (via 9to5Mac) has revealed Apple’s potential plans for an iPhone in which Face ID and Touch ID could exist side-by-side.

The patent describes how Face ID will still continue being the primary way of securing the iPhone, but in the event that it fails to identify the user (as it is sometimes known to do), Touch ID will be offered as the first fallback, and failing to detect the user even through Touch ID, then the passcode will be used.

It is an interesting idea and like we said, it suggests that Apple could still be interested in keeping its Touch ID system around. However as it is a patent, there is no way to guarantee that it will be made a reality so maybe don’t get your hopes up about seeing Touch ID return just yet, although we imagine that some people might actually relish the idea of being able to use Touch ID on their phones again.

Filed in Apple >Cellphones. Read more about Face Id, iPhone, Patent, Security and Touch Id.

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