Apple’s top 2020 iPhone model may be first entire-screen device with embedded fingerprint reade

Next iPhone may be first entire-screen device with embedded fingerprint reader and NO Face ID, report says

  • Next year’s iPhone may do away with a top-facing notch and Face ID
  • A report suggests the phone will embed a fingerprint scanner under the display
  • Apple will try to avoid previous security flaws with in-display fingerprint sensors 

The next premium iPhone may be Apple’s first phone with an entire-screen display.

According to a report from LetsGoDigital which cites a Credit Suisse presentation, Apple is planning on releasing a phone without a bezel in 2020.

That means the the entire front side of the device would be a screen – presumably an OLED display. It also means that Apple would be forced to make some substantive changes.

Among the major changes, according to LetsGoDigital, would be getting rid of Apple’s current face recognition software, Face ID and replacing it with in-display fingerprint technology.

A new report suggest that Apple may make some major changes to its newest iPhones in 2020, including embedding a fingerprint sensor under the device’s display (Stock photo)

A sensor would reportedly be placed underneath the device’s screen and would be able to unlock the phone just like Apple’s current above-the-screen reader/home button.

While previous reports from Bloomberg and analyst Ming Chi-Kuo have projected that Apple would embed its fingerprint ID under the screen, this is the first suggestion that it would also remove its Face ID hardware in the process.

Currently, Apple’s Face ID necessitates a ‘notch’ at the top of the phones display, keeping the device from being entirely full-screen.  

If the rumors about an embedded fingerprint scanner are true, Apple will look to avoid the mistakes of similar technology rolled out by Samsung this past year.

Samsung founds itself at the center of controversy after its customers discovered that embedded fingerprint technology was easily tricked into unlocking its Galaxy S10 for anyone with access to a 3D printer.

If a screen protector was applied to the device, the phone could be unlocked by just about anyone.     

Despite rumors, it’s unclear if Apple would actually take the bold step to remove Face ID from its phones since the feature become both popular and, according to Apple, faster than the previous crop of fingerprint scanners.