It did not end, and Apple replaced Touch ID with Face ID, but since then, other companies have implemented fingerprint detection technology on the display.
OnePlus recently unveiled its new OnePlus 6T, one of the first commercially available smartphones in the United States that uses fingerprint recognition technology on screen. We were able to get hands on one of the new smartphones to see if Apple is missing something with his Face ID implementation.
There are cases where a fingerprint sensor provides benefits over face detection. Face ID, for example, does not work well when you lie in bed and the phone is held in the landscape or when an iPhone is flat on a desk. With a fingerprint sensor there are no problems.
Fingerprint sensors have their own problems, and as we discovered with OnePlus 6T, fingerprint technology is not as great as it sounds. OnePlus implementation is slow and inaccurate, a big negative to Face ID.
With OnePlus 6T, make sure to place your finger in the specified location on the screen for fingerprints to be recognized and sometimes keep it there, because it seems as long before reading fingerprints. Touch ID and Face ID both unlock almost immediately, so the waiting time with OnePlus 6T makes a big difference.
Had Apple pursued fingerprint technology on display, implementation could have been better than what OnePlus came out with and there is still a chance tech OnePlus user will improve with software updates or future iterations, but we never know if Apple would have done it better.
Apple is all on Face ID, which is now in both modern iPhones and iPads, and the company has said that other solutions, such as on-screen or reverse-facing Touch ID were never considered when it was decided to pursue face id.
Apple Face ID technology is still so advanced that no other companies, OnePlus included, have managed to match it up to today. And in-display technology still has a way to go, it seems that most major Apple competitors instead select reverse-facing fingerprint sensors as a way to achieve edge-to-edge monitors.
Do you miss Touch ID and wish Apple would have worked against a fingerprint sensor on the display, or do you prefer Face ID? Let us know in the comments.