While rivals like Samsung and Huawei have been rocking fingerprint sensors on-screen for a while now, since the iPhone X, Apple has relied on Face ID.
But that could alter quickly, according to a study from Apple reporter Mark Gurman from Bloomberg. It is reported that the company is developing in-screen fingerprint tech that will work together with Face ID and could be prepared as soon as 2020.
Front fingerprint readers such as the original Touch ID from Apple are usually more comfortable than smartphone readers on the back. However, all-screen smartphones require front-facing sensors to be embedded under the screen.
As such, for its latest phones, Apple decided to evade the tech in favor of Face ID. Under the dashboard, a sensor would allow it to return to the fingerprint tech that it developed back in 2013 on the iPhone.
If the new sensor arrives on future iPhone, users can unlock their devices and authenticate transactions using either Face ID or fingerprints. However, if Apple's testing does not operate at first, the function may not arrive until 2021, Bloomberg says.
Apple will also release a new iPhone Face ID sensor to be presented next week at its case, and you can expect enhanced low-light photography, shatter-resistant glass, enhanced water resistance and quicker speeds.