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Since it was first introduced, Touch ID has always been embedded in an iPhoneâ€™s Home button. But, according to one analyst, that could change next year.
Apple is reportedly planning to release a new iPhone in the first half of 2021 with an LCD display and a Touch ID sensor embedded in its power button, according to a new TF Securities research note penned by well-connected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.
Kuo actually first detailed the device last month, stating that it would feature an edge-to-edge display but no Face ID. In todayâ€™s note, Kuo added that the device will retain an LCD display, suggesting that itâ€™ll be a mid-range or lower-cost handset.
He also said that the new Touch ID sensor will be capacitive and that itâ€™ll feature a â€œnew designâ€ to improve the user experience. Other than that, he didnâ€™t add any additional details.
The so-called â€œiPhone SE 2 Plus,â€ as Kuo refers to it, is expected to arrive in the first half of 2021. Kuo predicts itâ€™ll feature either a 5.5-inch or 6.1-inch display and a smaller notch thanks to its lack of Face ID.
It is worth noting that this supposed device, despite the â€œiPhone SE 2 Plusâ€ moniker, is distinct from this yearâ€™s rumored iPhone 9.
The iPhone 9 is largely expected to be an iPhone 8 with updated internals. (Adding to the confusion are reports that Apple could release an iPhone 9 Plus this year, as well.)
Beyond that, itâ€™s an interesting development for Apple because itâ€™s unlike anything the company has done thus far. Just consider that the same TF Securities note suggests that Appleâ€™s flagship next year will ditch Lightning in favor of a â€œcompletely wireless experience.â€
In any case, Kuo points out that this move is likely part of an effort to â€œcreate more differentiation between the highest-end and high-end models.â€
What that means in practice remains to be seen, particularly amid other rumors of Appleâ€™s future iPhone lineups. But in any case, it seems like users who hate the notch and Face ID could get a device tailor-made for them next year.
[The information provided in this article has NOT been confirmed by Apple and may be speculation. Provided details may not be factual. Take all rumors, tech or otherwise, with a grain of salt.]