There has been a lot of talk about fingerprint sensors built into the display of a smart phone over the last two years. Some smartphone manufacturers have already implemented fingerprint on Display technology into their smart phones.
The rumour mill is full of rumours about Apple adopting fingerprint on Display Technology but here is why Apple will never adopt fingerprint on display.
With the introduction of the iPhone X Apple announced FaceID.
What could be more natural than a touch? A look. That was the insight behind Face ID, a powerful and secure authentication system that’s even more convenient than Touch ID. It makes unlocking and paying fast, easy, and intuitive.
It doesn’t take too much time browsing Apple’s website to find language that shows that Apple believes FaceID is more secure than TouchID.
Apple is notorious for making huge leaps in technology when everyone else is scared to commit. This also makes them unpopular be that has never bothered Apple.
- Apple were the first company to commit 100% to USB.
- Apple were the first company to remove disk drives from their computers while everyone else was still arguing about DVD-HD or Blue-ray. Apples response: Disks are obsolete.
- Apple were the first company to remove the headphone jack from their smartphones. Within 2 years all the other smartphone manufactures had followed suit.
There is enough reason already for Apple to make the move away from TouchID toward FaceID in all it’s products but there is also one extremely practical reason.
TouchID requires specific hardware in order to function, even if it is built into the display. However with FaceID it is mostly built into the software. Yes there are some hardware parts but these are extremely small and use very little space.
Starting in 2018 Apple will add FaceID to iPad and in 2019 it will be available in MacBooks and iMac’s.