Apple would release a cheaper iPhone in early 2021 with the Touch ID fingerprint scanner on the side for the first time.
That says the usually reliable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, reports 9to5Mac. Apple used to only use fingerprint scanners in the home button of the iPhone. That button disappeared with the arrival of the iPhone X from the latest models.
According to Kuo, Apple is now planning to include Touch ID in the power button on the side of the device with a cheaper model. Various manufacturers of Android devices have been doing this for some time; users can then wake up and unlock their phone with one button. Apple would redesign the button and make it capacitive: not physically moving.
According to Kuo, the cheaper iPhone gets an LCD screen, as is familiar with the cheaper iPhone models. A Face ID face scanner would be missing with the cheaper iPhone. Every new iPhone from the past two years has such a scanner.
By using the finger scanner on the side and the absence of a face scanner, the cheaper iPhone would have smaller screen edges and a smaller screen notch.
Kuo said earlier that the more expensive iPhones that will appear later this year have both Face ID and a Touch ID finger scanner built under the screen. A cheaper iPhone could also appear this spring, with the design of the iPhone 8.