Apple did away with Touch ID on iPhones starting with the iPhone X, and since then there have been some rumours about the company bringing back Touch ID to iPhone. According to the latest report by news agency Bloomberg, even as Apple has tested adding Touch ID back to the iPhone, it is unlikely to make a comeback in the near future.
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According to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, the tech giant has tested in-screen Touch ID for the iPhone and has also considered adding Touch ID to the power button, similar to the iPad Air and iPad mini. However, it is unlikely that either would be launched “in the foreseeable future”, Gurman writes in his Power On newsletter.
Over the past few years, there have been discussions within Apple about bringing Touch ID back to high-end iPhones. The company has tested in-screen Touch ID and even contemplated putting it on the power button. At this point, I believe Face ID is here to stay and Touch ID won’t be returning to flagship iPhones—at least anytime in the foreseeable future, the Power On newsletter read.
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It is likely that the Cupertino, California-based tech giant moves the Touch ID to the power button on lower-end iPhones, such as the iPhone SE.
The iPhone SE (2022) was launched with a home button with Touch ID, which some users still prefer over Face ID and gesture navigation. To recall, the design language of the iPhone SE (2022) has not changed much since its predecessor, but a new addition is the inclusion of 5G support which was available in the pricier iPhone 12 series and the iPhone 13 lineup. The iPhone SE (2022) also has the A15 Bionic chip which is the same processor included in the iPhone 13 series as well as the sixth-gen iPad tablet.