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2019 iPhone won’t sport in-display fingerprint scanner

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This time last year, there were a lot of rumors flying around that Apple’s 2017 iPhone would support under-display fingerprint scanning. This turned out not to be true since the company decided to focus only on Face ID and ditch Touch ID entirely. Folks are still hoping that the latter will make a comeback.

Here to dash their dreams is noted Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. According to Kuo, Apple isn’t going to switch to an in-display fingerprint scanner in the 2019 iPhones. Face ID is its focus at the moment and will continue to be in the future as well.

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Android manufacturers are keen to fill in the fingerprint reading gap being left behind by Apple. It’ll help the OEMs set themselves apart from the iPhone in a world where all smartphones are increasingly looking the same.

Kuo claims user feedback on the iPhone X’s Face ID was lower than expected. In contrast, the response to the Vivo X21’s fingerprint on display (FOD) technology was higher than expected. He thinks the latter is the best fingerprint solution for full-screen designs in high-end handsets since there’s no need for a home button.

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Samsung is expected to implement the technology in all 3 of its Galaxy S10 models next year. Companies like Xiaomi and Vivo have already adopted it, but there’s always room for improvement in terms of user experience. Kuo predicts that there’ll be an increase in FOD makers by the first half of 2019.

This will, in turn, result in costs dropping. Meanwhile, Apple is said to be planning something entirely different for the 2019 iPhone. People might be able to control the display without having to touch it thanks to multi-hovering tech which allows the device to recognize 3 fingers at a distance of up to 50mm.