We’ve heard quite a lot about the upcoming iPhone 9, which is believed to be the logical successor to the iPhone SE. This phone, as most us know by now, is expected to offer a Touch ID sensor. This isn’t a surprise since Apple is looking to keep the costs down with the iPhone 9, with the phone expected to replace the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus in the markets.
However, as per analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of TF International Securities, Apple is looking to bring another iPhone in 2021 with Touch ID, but it will be side-mounted (power button) and not located under the home button.
We’ve seen side-mounted fingerprint scanners from multiple manufacturers in the past, and it’s considered to be a lot more practical as compared to a home button. This appears to be a logical choice, and along the lines of most Android manufacturers who use side-mounted fingerprint scanners.
Kuo adds that this iPhone will come with an LCD panel on board, hinting that this may be a mid-range offering by Apple along the lines of the iPhone 9 a.k.a the iPhone SE 2. Ditching Face ID and using a side-mounted fingerprint scanner will also help Apple keep the display practically edge-to-edge, although customers will likely have to make their peace with the notch accompanying the front camera.
It’s important to remember that these are analyst predictions. While Kuo has been spot on about several leaks in the past, there’s every likelihood that Apple will take a different approach in 2021. Keeping this in mind, we suggest you to take this with a pinch of salt. The prospect of a powerful Touch ID sensor located underneath the side power button does sound exciting, though.
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