Touch ID not under the screen in iPhone 15 and iPhone 16, says Kuo

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Apple will release a new iPhone model with Touch ID under the screen in 2025 at the earliest, according to well-connected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

The analyst gave the updated forecast in a tweet Wednesday, noting that he had previously predicted that fingerprint recognition technology could come to an iPhone as early as 2023.

According to the results of Kuo’s latest supply chain information survey, Apple will not release a new iPhone with Touch ID. Kuo notes that “Face ID with a mask on the iPhone is already a great biometric solution.”

For his part, Kuo predicted in September that the “iPhone 15” would get Touch ID on the screen. At the time, that represented a one-year drop from an earlier forecast, which Kuo said was due to “lower-than-expected development progress.”

The analyst gave no reason in his updated forecast why Touch ID wouldn’t arrive in an Apple handset in 2023 or 2024. However, based on previous information, this could be due to development or production bottlenecks.

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