There’s been more hope than credible rumors that in-screen fingerprint technology would come to the iPhone XS, and that hope has been dashed by Apple analyst Ming Chi Kuo, according to 9to5mac.
The reason for its absence? It may be in large part thanks to the success that Face ID has had on the iPhone X. And Apple seems to be doubling down on facial scanning tech given iPad Pro 2018 rumors ahead of next week’s Apple event.
It’s impossible to deny the hype that in-display fingerprint sensors carry for all-screen phones in 2018. However, for the time being, it looks like it will come to a very limited number of Android phones, like the Vivo Nex and the Xiaomi Mi 8.
Whether or not this will change in the future remains to be seen. Samsung, which has reportedly struggled to get the technology into the Galaxy S9, S9 Plus and Note 9, is expected to debut an an in-screen fingerprint sensor in the Galaxy S10 next year.
Apple may change its stance if implementing biometric sensors in high-end OLED panels becomes easier. Of course, the company is pretty big on the ‘simplicity’ angle that its devices capitalize on, so FaceID may just be Apple’s de facto biometrics method, at least for the iPhone XS this year.