In a note to clients — as noted by AppleInsider — analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is looking farther than usual in his crystal ball and predicting that at least some 2021 iPhones will have both Face ID and Touch ID. He thinks that, in two years, the Apple smartphone will adopt fingerprint on display (FOD) technology in 2021.
Chances this rumor is true, according to the Sellers Research Group (that’s me): 80%. Face ID and Touch ID would offer two secure authentication methods. And Apple has been granted a patent (number 9,747,488) for turning an entire display into a fingerprint reader by by taking advantage of acoustic imaging.
Chi also predicts that domestic pricing and shipment forecasts for Macs, iPhones, and iPads aren’t likely to be impacted by U.S. tariffs thanks to "proper preparations" made by Apple. In the long-term, the analyst thinks the tech giant’s non-Chinese production locations could meet “most of the demand from the U.S. markets” within the next two years.