The rumor mills predict that Apple is prepping Touch ID fingerprint biometrics for Apple Watch. If this turns out to be true Apple Watch users will be able to lock/unlock their device by using Touch ID.
Apple is said to be working on more than one biometric solution to integrate on Apple Watch. One of the solutions involves integrating Touch ID into the Digital Crown. Meanwhile, the other way would be to use an under-display fingerprint sensor. The rumors claim that this feature might not make it to this year’s Apple Watch refresh. This implies we may have to wait till 2021 for Series 7.
Apple Watch users need to punch in a passcode the first time they use their device. Once the watch is removed from their wrist it locks automatically. In other words, you will have to punch in a passcode every time you remove Apple Watch and wear it on again. Needless to say, a Touch ID in any form would add an extra layer of security and convenience.
Rumor mills are also speculating under-display fingerprint sensors on future iPhones. So there is a good chance that the company might use the same on Apple Watch. Meanwhile, a Touch ID on Digital Crown is also not such a bad idea. However, it makes us wonder how Apple will add Touch ID on the Digital Crown since it already houses the electrocardiogram sensor. On a related note, Touch ID is slated to make a comeback on budget iPhones which will be launched this year.
Moving on, the report claims that Apple Watch will arrive with sleep tracking and a blood oxygen sensor. Furthermore, Apple will make some changes to Siri so that it works best with Apple Watch. The report also claims that Apple Watch Series 2 will not support watchOS 7.[via TheVerifier]