While competitors like Huawei and Samsung have been rocking fingerprint sensors in screen for a quite some time, Apple has been depending on Face ID for a couple of years now. That may alter soon, though, as per a media report. The firm is allegedly designing in-screen fingerprint technology that will operate in concert with Face ID and may be all set as early as next year.
Front fingerprint readers such as original Touch ID by Apple are normally more suitable as compared to those on the rear of handsets. On the other hand, all-screen, modern handsets need front-facing sensors to be fitted below the display. As such, Apple made a decision to eschew the tech in support of Face ID for its newest handsets. A sensor below the display might let it to go back to fingerprint technology, which it started in 2013.
If the new sensor does come to upcoming iPhones, consumers might be capable of unlock their handsets and validate transactions employing either their fingerprints or Face ID. If testing by Apple does not work out at first, though, the feature may not come until 2021, as per media. Apple will also launch a new sensor for Face ID on the iPhones set to be launched at its event.
On a related note, Apple earlier fixed an issue that allowed hackers temporarily to jailbreak its handsets. The error was first solved in iOS 12.3 but launched again in iOS 12.4. Attackers found the error previously this month and shared a free public jailbreak merely for fun. Hence, Apple launched iOS 12.4.1, which took care of the error forever. The update solves a kernel error that might have permitted a hacker to “perform execution of arbitrary code with system access” on an iPad or iPhone.