Kuo: Under-display Touch ID on iPhone delayed until 2025

iPhone with Touch ID
iPhone with Touch ID (Image credit: iMore)

What you need to know

  • Apple's rumored Touch ID display may be further off than we thought.
  • New inside information indicates it may not debut on the iPhone until 2025.
  • Ming-Chi Kuo says Face ID with a mask is a great biometrics solution.

New inside information claims that Apple may not adopt an under-display Touch ID fingerprint scanner in its iPhones until as late as 2025.

Ming-Chi Kuo stated Wednesday:

I previously predicted iPhones would support under-display fingerprint sensing/Touch ID in 2023 at the earliest. But the latest survey indicates new iPhones in 2023 & 2024 may not adopt under-display Touch ID. Face ID with a mask on iPhone is already a great biometrics solution.

As Kuo notes this was previously rumored as a feature for next year's flagship iPhone, the iPhone 15, but it now seems that we may be three or more years away from the technology. Kuo cites the success of the Face ID with a mask on the iPhone 12 and iPhone 13.

Previously we had heard the feature would debut on the iPhone 13, however, the timeline seems to keep slipping away from public release.

Later this year Apple is expected to unveil the iPhone 14 with an unchanged design and a new 48MP camera lens in the 'Pro' versions of the phone, which are also expected to get a new processor. Apple is expected to ditch the 'mini' variant of its iPhone in favor of a larger regular 'Max' model.

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  • These articles are getting ridiculous. Under display coming to iPhone 12, no 13 no 14 no now in 2023. I think Apple has no plans to include an under display Touch ID ever. Let’s face it. The tech while better, still not as good as home button Touch ID and not nearly as seamless as Face ID. If Apple really
    Wanted Touch ID back in the iPhone, they would have done it already. Face ID works so well that i see no point in bringing back Touch ID. Other companies have the in display fingerprint because they couldn’t get their face recognition nearly as seamless and secure as Face ID so they needed the fingerprint to evolve. Let’s face it the fingerprint reader on the back of the older Samsung galaxy devices, worked better, was more seamless because your finger naturally went to the back. But it wasn’t innovative so along comes under display. One step forward. Two steps back.
  • Apple had 2 years of this pandemic to add a finger print scanner back onto their newer iPhone 12 and 13 models, but didn't do a thing. Plus Apple went out of their way to add a crappy, half @$$ update for Mask wearing users to work with their FaceID. This only proves that Apple is just stringing its users along. Apple will NEVER bring back TouchID again. Its only in the iPhone SE models, because that is a recycled older iPhone SE (Same Edition) model from yesteryear. That is the same design from all the way back to 2014. The only reason why Apple keeps this version around is to keep their numbers up, but Apple wants all of its users to migrate over to the higher priced iPhone models.