‘iPhones in 2021 with Finger Scanner Under the Screen.’
Apple would stop face recognition in 2021 and deliver iPhones without screen notch but with a fingerprint scanner under the screen.
Telephone manufacturers try to increase the screen area of their devices in many different ways. A year and a half ago, Apple opted for a screen notch, the so-called notch, containing the Face ID face scanner. In 2021, that notch disappeared entirely from new iPhones, says the usually well-informed analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.
According to Kuo, Apple will release one new iPhone without a Face ID next year. Due to the absence of the face scanner, the notch on that iPhone is considerably smaller; users would get access to their phone via a Touch ID fingerprint scanner under the screen. Possibly that device from 2020 is only intended for the Chinese market.
In 2021, that approach would be applied to all new iPhones. These devices would, therefore, have no or a much smaller screen notch. It would be striking if Apple would again step away from Face ID. The company advertises that its face scan is much safer than a fingerprint scan.
Many Android manufacturers are already trying to hide the selfie camera in, for example, pop-up cameras that slide up from the edge of the phone. Numerous Android devices also have a fingerprint scanner under the screen.
However, these sensors do not always work quickly, accurately and reliably. Chinese phone makers are also experimenting openly with selfie cameras hidden under the screen. It is not understood whether Apple is also investigating such a possibility.