Greg Josviac, Apple’s vice president of product marketing, spoke with Daily Express and discussed the changes that are coming for the iPhone, iPad and other products of the company. We were talking about using a Touch ID fingerprint scanner, a Face ID face scanner, as well as such a design feature of iPhones as a cutout in the screen, which houses various sensors that provide secure unlocking of the device.
Touch ID appeared in iPhones in 2013, it was built into the Home button. Manufacturers of Android smartphones mainly placed similar scanners on the back of the devices. Apple began to abandon the use of Touch ID in 2017 with the release of the iPhone X, although this scanner was preserved in the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, released in the same year. In the iPhone X, and later in the iPhone XR, XS and XS Max, it was replaced by a Face ID face scanner. However, Apple does not recommend relying on Face ID as reliable protection and recommends setting a password.
According to Josviak, Apple engineers are developing Face ID, improving protection and increasing the accuracy of facial recognition of the user. Some manufacturers of Android smartphones are hiding the front camera body, making it retractable, but Apple is currently not going to introduce such a design. The fact is that the Face ID system uses not only a front camera, but also several sensors to read a three-dimensional image, and such a module would be unnecessarily massive.
Apple is not going to throw Touch ID. A finger scanner costs the company a cheaper face scanner, so Touch ID is used in various devices, including the iPad and MacBook.
According to rumors, in the spring of 2020, Apple will release an inexpensive smartphone, which will become the direct descendant of the iPhone SE model, released in 2016. This smartphone will have a fingerprint scanner, but not in the “Home” button, but on the screen, and the finger will be read anywhere on the screen.