Ming-Chi Kuo: iPhone with Touch ID power button and LCD coming in 2021

iPhone with Touch ID power button - The iPhone 11's 6.1-inch Liquid Retina display’s true-to-life all-screen design makes everything look amazing.
The iPhone 11’s 6.1-inch Liquid Retina display’s true-to-life all-screen design makes everything look amazing.
According to uber-analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple plans to release a lower-cost iPhone model with a Touch ID power button on the side of the device in the first half of 2021.

Joe Rossignol for MacRumors:

Last month, Kuo claimed the device will lack Face ID, allowing it to have a nearly edge-to-edge design with a smaller notch.

Last month, Kuo claimed that the so-called “iPhone SE 2 Plus” will feature a 5.5-inch or 6.1-inch display, suggesting that its size will fall somewhere between the iPhone 8 Plus and the iPhone 11. The device could complement higher-end iPhones with both Face ID and under-display Touch ID in Apple’s 2021 lineup.

MacDailyNews Take: Would that this Touch ID power button were back on top where it belongs. Apple must like keeping the screenshot function warm via errant shots.


  1. The ideal solution would probably be a touch-ID sensitive screen – perhaps relegated to a particular (maybe even select-able) area of the phone surface. FaceID is inconvenient when driving – people will still do it even if illegal, and that will add to the distracted driving (compared to TouchID) and goofy (sorry, cashier or server, I have to stare into my phone for a moment). TouchID along the edge of the phone will also be inconvenient if the phone is lying on the table (car seat, car console, etc.) and has to be picked up.

  2. The ideal solution is for Apple, the richest company on the planet for the most part, to not ever revert back to Touch ID ever.

    As far as faceID being inconvenient and illegal, thats what security codes are for if you’re really trying to unlock your phone when you drive.. should be able to do that without a second thought, as the phone is security mounted right? Ultimately, one should limited to hands free, and what you can do with Siri, which with practice should be just about everything.

  3. The current location of the power button is ridiculous! Who hasn’t accidentally turned off their phone while trying to take a picture using the Sound Up button (in landscape mode)? ANY other location would be better than where it is now…

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