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Touch ID fingerprint recognition could be coming to the Apple Watch

By Cookie Monster - on 28 Mar 2020, 9:55am

Touch ID fingerprint recognition could be coming to the Apple Watch

The Apple Watch Series 5.

Touch ID support could be coming to the Apple Watch. 

According to iUpdate and The Verifier, Apple is planning to add Touch ID support to the Apple Watch with two different methods. The first method involves integrating the Touch ID sensor into the Digital Crown while the second method is using an in-display Touch ID sensor. The Verifier claims the fingerprint unlock feature will be coming to the Apple Watch Series 7 in 2021.

As the Digital Crown is covered by a titanium electrode for ECG reading, in-display Touch ID is likely the better option for the Apple Watch. Apple is rumoured to be developing in-screen fingerprint technology and may include in this year's iPhone lineup. However, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo expects in-display Touch ID to arrive on the iPhone in 2021. 

iUpdate and The Verifier also corroborate an earlier report of blood oxygen detection and better ECG features coming to the Apple Watch via watchOS 7 update. Other new features include enhancements to Siri's capabilities and a refreshed system user interface. 

The Verifier added that the Apple Watch Series 2 will not be eligible for the watchOS 7 update. Since the Apple Watch Series 1 uses the same dual-core chipset as the Series 2, it is likely to be left out as well. In addition, no major hardware changes are expected on the upcoming smartwatch.

Source: iUpdate, The Verifier via 9to5Mac