The rumor: Apple is working on an all-new version of Touch ID that sits beneath the display, according to L0vetodream (88.5% accurate).
- It’s unclear when under-the-screen Touch ID will launch, but previous rumors suggest it could come as soon as next year
- Apple recently integrated Touch ID into the power button of iPad Air, marking the first time Apple’s fingerprint technology was placed somewhere other than the home button
- Amid a worldwide pandemic where face coverings are normal, the flaws of Face ID have become increasingly apparent
Our take: As Jon Prosser (85.5% accurate) explains, MESA = Touch ID codename and uts = under-the-screen. Other sources, such as Mark Gurman (88.3% accurate) have previously suggested this could be used in tandem with Face ID on an iPhone in 2021.