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At least one model of the iPhone 12 may feature an under-display fingerprint scanner using ultrasonic technology, which would complement Face ID for unlocking the device.

A first for Apple, this would give Apple a new weapon against the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 20 while also making your life easier.

We’ve seen rumors both for and against Touch ID under the screen in the lead up to the iPhone 12 launch this fall, but this report from Economic Daily News says that Qualcomm, touch panel maker GIS and OLED display maker BOE are collaborating on the tech.

The addition of a under-display fingerprint sensor would certainly be welcome, as Face ID has trouble recognizing faces when you're wearing a mask. And it’s very likely that people will be wearing masks in public well into the fall if not beyond.

The Economic Daily News report (first spotted by MacRumors) says that new features like under-screen fingerprint recognition “will prompt a new wave of buying momentum.” It also says that Qualcomm and GIS are the main suppliers for the Samsung Galaxy S20 series, and that if “Apple wants to catch up” there is a high probability of it working with those two companies.

The Galaxy Note 20 will likely adopt a similar ultrasonic reader to the Galaxy Note 10 last year and the Galaxy S20 from this year. We're not aware of any major advancements in the technology, but there could be some improvements when the Note 20 launches in July or August.

Apple is already working with Qualcomm on the 5G modem for iPhone 12, so it’s not unreasonable to believe that the two companies are partnering on another feature for its flagship phone.

Just last week Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman said not to expect a under-screen fingerprint technology to come to the iPhone 12 this year. But a separate rumor from a trusted leaker on Twitter said that Apple would bring an under-screen fingerprint reader to the iPad Air later this year. So there are conflicting views on when Apple will adopt this tech and for which devices.

The iPad Pro 2020 is the first device in Apple's lineup to feature a LiDAR sensor, which dramatically improves performance in iPhone augmented reality applications. And that same sensor is expected to find it way to the iPhone 12 — or at least the iPhone 12 Pro models.

In general, we’ve found under-screen fingerprint sensors to be finicky, as we sometimes experience false negatives. This can happen when you place your finger on the sensor to quickly or if you don’t hit it just right. This is not an issue with Face ID.

However, we could see why Apple might want to bring Touch ID back to the iPhone, even if it doesn’t happen in time for the iPhone 12.

Overall, the iPhone 12 rumors point to four models in Apple's lineup, including a 5.4-inch and 6.1-inch iPhone 12 and a 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch iPhone 12 Pro. All four are expected to feature 5G technology and Apple's new blazing A14 Bionic chip, but only the iPhone 12 Pro devices will likely continue to offer telephoto lenses and get the new LiDAR sensor.
 

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iPhone 12 Price Leak is Great for Shoppers

The 5G iPhone 12 could cost hundreds less than the Galaxy S20, putting even more pressure on Samsung

A lot of people poke fun of Apple for the 'Apple Tax' it places on its products, but if the latest iPhone 12 rumors prove true it's Samsung's flagship phones that will look overpriced.

Earlier this week a leak revealed the possible pricing for the iPhone 12 lineup, which would start at hundreds less than the Samsung Galaxy S20. Even the iPhone 12 Pro Max would have a much lower starting price than the $1,400 Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra. And this would put even more pressure on Samsung, whose sales were already struggling due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Based on his sources, Apple analyst Jon Prosser says that the entry-level iPhone 12 will cost $649. And that's with 5G connectivity, an OLED display and two rear cameras. This would be a super aggressive price given that today's iPhone 11 starts at $699.

The main difference between this iPhone 12 and the iPhone 11 is the screen size. The entry-level iPhone 12 would have a 5.4-inch display, compared to 6.1 inches for the iPhone 11. However, Apple is also predicted to release another iPhone 12 model with a 6.1-inch display for $749. That would be a $50 premium over today's iPhone 11.
 
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