The iPhone feature we really, really want might finally be coming

We're only a couple of months away from the next iPhone release (assuming the next model drops in the traditional September slot), and the rumour mill is, as the rumour mill does, churning away. The latest surprise comes courtesy of a new Apple patent which suggests one of the most requested features is finally on the way. But will it arrive this year?

The patent filing shows that Apple is working on an under-display fingerprint scanner, which could lets users unlock the phone using their finger (just like the good old days, eh?). As many users have discovered the hard way, Face ID isn't exactly pandemic-proof. What use is one of the best camera phones if you can't unlock it while wearing a face mask?

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Daniel John
Senior News Editor

Daniel John is Senior News Editor at Creative Bloq. He reports on the worlds of art, design, branding and lifestyle tech (which often translates to tech made by Apple). He joined in 2020 after working in copywriting and digital marketing with brands including ITV, NBC, Channel 4 and more.