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2021 iPhone range will feature both Touch ID and Face ID

iPhones released in two years will feature both Touch ID and Face ID, it has been revealed.

According to reputable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple will bring back Touch ID from 2021 with an under-the-display fingerprint biometric system.

Over the next 18 months, Apple is likely to remove a lot of the technical issues which will allow the company to introduce the under-screen experience in the most user-friendly of manners.

Some manufacturers are already offering under-the-display fingerprint recognition on their smartphones, but have been criticized for the technology’s accuracy and performance.

According to Kuo, Apple says that Touch ID and Face ID are “complementary” to one another, with the company wanting to unify both experiences and create a fool-proof authenticator.

But because of current technological challenges, Apple is still working on a proper solution and has held off on releasing a half-baked product until it knows it can be trusted.

Apple expects to fix the issues in the next year or so, introducing the new feature in 2021.

It’s unlikely that Apple will use Qualcomm’s ultrasonic fingerprint-under-display system, according to Kuo, as it is looking to develop its own in-house solution and move away from working with third parties.

Should Apple introduce biometrics on the Apple Watch, Kuo said an under-display fingerprint scanner would work well, as a Face ID camera would be too expensive on the Apple Watch.

Are you excited about Face ID and Touch ID working together on one device? Do you see any potential use cases where the two technologies working together would help? Let us know on Twitter using @AppleMagazine and check back soon for more news and rumors.

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