Apple won't release a new iPhone model with under-display Touch ID until 2025 at the earliest, according to well-connected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.
The analyst made the updated prediction in a tweet on Wednesday, noting that he had previously forecast that display-embedded fingerprint sensing technology could come to an iPhone by 2023 at the earliest.
According to the results of Kuo's latest survey of supply chain information, Apple won't release a new iPhone with Touch ID. Kuo notes that "Face ID with a mask on iPhone is already a great biometrics solution."
I previously predicted iPhones would support under-display fingerprint sensing/Touch ID in 2023 at the earliest. But the latest survey indicates new iPhones in 2023 & 2024 may not adopt under-display Touch ID. Face ID with a mask on iPhone is already a great biometrics solution.— (Ming-Chi Kuo) (@mingchikuo) March 30, 2022
Under-display Touch ID has been in the rumor mill for years. Back in 2020, for example, leakers claimed that Apple was continuing its work on display-embedded fingerprint sensors. Rumors of Apple testing the feature continued into 2021.
For his part, Kuo predicted back in September than the "iPhone 15" would get in-screen Touch ID. At the time, that represented a one-year slip from a previous forecast, which Kuo said was because of "lower than expected development progress."
The analyst did not give a reason why Touch ID wouldn't arrive in the iPhone 15 or iPhone 16 in his updated prediction. However, given previous information, it could be because of development or production bottlenecks.