Apple‘s upcoming iPhone 13 is about to get a new sweet security capability which is the same as Samsung’s under-display camera. The tech giant manufacturer is expected to integrate its new in-display fingerprint sensor that would support Apple’s Touch ID and Face ID.
iPhone 13’s new capability would be very useful to further protect the device from other hackers and other malicious actors. The new in-display fingerprint sensor was confirmed by Apple‘s two former employees, revealing that the tech giant manufacturer has been working on an optical sensor that would sit inside the iPhone to authenticate users by fingerprint.
They added that iPhone 13’s new capability is more efficient and reliable than an ultrasonic sensor from Qualcomm, and that iPhone users would have the option to use Face ID or Touch ID. However, Apple declined to provide any statement regarding the information leaked.
Although this is the case, the two former employees said that if Apple decided to officially integrate the new feature, the tech giant developer has to make the product meet the security standards of its current Touch ID. Touch ID is still in use on the 2020 iPhone SE, as well as the iPad and MacBooks. Apple’s flagship iPhones and iPads rely on Face ID.
iPhone 13’s new in-display fingerprint sensor
iPhone 13’s new optical in-display fingerprint sensors work using light, and in Android phones that have adopted this technology, the screen lights up with a fingerprint icon where you’re meant to place a finger to provide light, and a camera creates an image of your finger. Optical sensors can be easy to fool because they’re using a 2D image.
On the other hand, Apple’s new feature is believed to be more reliable than the ultrasonic fingerprint sensors, which are considered a newer technology. Unlike the tech giant’s innovation, the ultrasonic fingerprint sensors use small sound waves to make a 3D map of a fingerprint, which is a more secure solution that can’t be manipulated by hackers and other cybercriminals.
Unlike iPhone 13’s new optical in-display fingerprint sensor, this technology works better when the user’s fingers are wet. However, it is more expensive compared to Apple’s innovation.
The Touch ID home buttons that Apple has used in the iPhone, iPad, and Macs, are capacitive. Capacitive sensors use a series of tiny capacitors to create a fingerprint data map that’s hard to trick as it’s not using a straight fingerprint image.
Although ultrasonic fingerprint sensors have the upper hand, Apple could still use the optical-capacitive hybrid sensors, which is considered more secure compared to the base version of the technology. Rumors also stated that Apple’s new iPhone 13 is unlikely to use the normal optical fingerprint sensors.
The tech giant company will more likely to use optical-capacitive hybrid sensors, a combination of fast scanning benefits of the optical sensor with the security of a capacitive sensor. This Hybrid system is also secured enough to block any attempted breach by cyber attackers and other cybercriminals.