When Apple insider Ming-Chi Kuo first reported earlier this year that Apple's then-unannounced iPhone X wouldn't have a Touch ID fingerprint sensor, almost no one believed him. I sure didn't. Apple had acquired AuthenTec for $356 million just five years ago, and Touch ID quickly became a staple that every other smartphone maker has since duplicated on their own phones. With that in mind, it seemed odd that the company might be ditching this industry shaping feature so soon after its introduction. Then lo and behold, Apple unveiled the iPhone a few months later and Touch ID was nowhere to be found.
A few reports late in the iPhone X rumor cycle suggested that Apple initially wanted both Face ID and Touch ID on the iPhone X, but that it had tried and failed to embed a Touch ID under the phone's display. Apple later denied those rumors, claiming that it never intended to include a fingerprint sensor in the iPhone X.
We've all seen numerous Apple patents that show the company's interest in under-display fingerprint sensors, but that research may have been abandoned if Apple's statement is to be believed. Meanwhile, there are still plenty of iPhone users who are upset that the new iPhone X doesn't have a fingerprint scanner. Oddly, there is a company that managed to build a smartphone that looks a great deal like Apple's new tenth-anniversary iPhone model, but it has the in-display fingerprint scanner that many Apple fans are missing.
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