The whistleblower claims that Apple is still developing iPhone fingerprint technology

Saturday, October 17, 2020, 14:30 GMT

Apple is trying to improve fingerprint technologies that can be inserted under the device, according to a well-known Apple whistleblower @L0vetodream, and could announce an iPhone with an under-screen Touch ID sensor in the future.

The rumours about Apple’s under-screen Touch ID research and development have been around for many years, and several individuals, including well-known Apple analyst Ming Guo, have made similar predictions. Although there are signs, though, that Apple is already undertaking research and development, these rumors have not yet become a reality.

In the latest tweet, however, the great god @L0vtoDream said that via the off-screen mechanism, Apple still plans to add Touch ID back to the iPhone. He wrote: “iPhone MESA UTS.”

As Jon Prosser points out, “MESA” is the Touch ID ‘s internal code name, and “uts” is the “Under-the-Screen” abbreviation.

Before the iPhone X was released, speculation of embedding a fingerprint sensor under the iPhone screen first emerged. Although Apple has since selected Face ID on its flagship iPhone, a steady stream of patents and patent applications show that the Touch ID embedded under the screen is still being tested by Apple.

Two patent applications in July, for example, outlined separate approaches to mitigate the issue of reading fingerprints by monitor optics. Any patent applications from Apple also reveal that the firm has tried to use Face ID and Touch ID on the same computer for a long time.

There are also rumors from the supply chain that the main manufacturers of Apple may be planning to ship off-screen fingerprint recognition technology. As early as 2019, Guo Ming expected that in 2021, Apple would announce at least one iPhone fitted with an under-screen fingerprint reader. This could mean that some sort of Touch ID on the iPhone 13 is supposed to be fitted with it.

Using Touch ID and Face ID on the iPhone at the same time may have many advantages for users, such as dual biometric verification to increase security, and easy fingerprint identification if a mask or other covering covers the face of the user.