If you use Google Drive on your phone to access files on the go, then you might be pleased to learn that in the latest update to the app, Google has introduced support for biometric security for the app. This means that users will be able to use either Face ID or Touch ID to protect their files from being accessed.
We’re sure that some were disappointed when Apple chose to kill off Touch ID on the iPhone and replace it with Face ID. However, in the recent months, we’ve started to hear rumors that Touch ID for the iPhone might not be completely dead and that such a device could very well launch in 2020.
While there’s no disputing the security and accuracy of Apple’s Face ID system, it’s hard to ignore the fact that it is simply not quite as convenient as Touch ID. We’re sure that some iPhone users were bummed when Touch ID was replaced with Face ID, but recent rumors have suggested that Apple is still working on creating an in-display version of Touch ID.
The thing with patents is that you never know if the patent was created for companies to protect their ideas, or if it is actually something they are working on. Earlier this year, a patent from 2018 was discovered in which Apple filed for a patent for an Apple Watch that comes with Touch ID built into the digital crown.
One of the ways that the Apple Watch authenticates users when it comes to making payments through Apple Pay, it is by making the user enter a passcode once, and as long as the watch is not removed from the user’s wrist, it will assume that the user is still the same and will authenticate them for future purchases.
If the rumors are to be believed, Apple is not quite done with Touch ID just yet. The company is rumored to be looking to bring Touch ID to 2020’s iPhones by embedding it under the display, similar to what several other Android manufacturers have done. However, it also seems that Apple could be looking to embed it in other ways.
With Apple ditching Touch ID on the iPhone and iPad, it feels like the company could be ready to completely give up the technology, but that doesn’t appear to be the case. According to a recently discovered patent, it only seems to fuel the rumors that Apple could actually be looking to bring an in-display fingerprint sensor to future iPhones.
While Apple’s Face ID works like a charm, there are certain disadvantages to it over Touch ID, such as having to look at your phone to unlock it, which sometimes isn’t as convenient. This is why we’re pretty excited to learn that according to a report from LetsGoDigital, they cite a Credit Suisse presentation which claims that an in-display Touch ID could be coming to 2020’s iPhone.
There was a point in time where Apple would release iOS updates that were riddled with bugs. Apple later clamped down on this by promising that future updates will have better quality checks, and this was true for a while, but it’s starting to feel like things could be slipping once again.
When Apple took Touch ID away from its iPhones in favor of Face ID, it seemed like the company was set to on sticking with it for the foreseeable future. However, in recent times, we’ve started to hear rumblings that Apple could actually be looking to bring back Touch ID to future iPhones.
While Apple’s Face ID works like a charm, there are certain shortcomings to the tech that make many iPhone users miss Touch ID. For example, Face ID doesn’t work if you are wearing a mask, which sometimes cannot be helped, like when you’re wearing a headscarf of a ski mask. This is versus Touch ID which is admittedly more flexible.
It was largely assumed that when Apple did away with Touch ID on the iPhone that Face ID was the way of the future. However, in recent times, we have been hearing rumors that Apple has not given up on Touch ID just yet, and now a new report from analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claims that we might see the return of the tech in 2021.
Back in 2017, Apple introduced the world to Face ID, its facial recognition system that future iPhones would be adopting. However, when they introduced it, they removed Touch ID in the process, meaning that users could only rely on facial recognition completely, at least as far as biometric security was concerned.
If you thought that Apple was done with Touch ID for good, at least as far as its iPhones are concerned, think again. This is because in a report from MacRumors, they cite a research note by Barclays analyst Blayne Curtis and his associates in which following a meeting with some suppliers in Apple’s supply chain, they have come up with some predictions for future iPhones.