It’s no secret that Apple’s iPhone department is struggling with sales. Apple themselves have admitted the reality and are expected to change their strategy to try and turn around this boat. Recent reports suggest that Apple is considering creating a cheaper iPhone for China which will do away with Face ID.
Apple is going to replace facial recognition on iPhones with an under-display fingerprint sensor. They’re making a special version of iPhone for Chinese buyers, which won’t have facial recognition. For reference, the last two generations of Apple’s iPhones were released with facial recognition and without a fingerprint sensor.
Apple had said that it did not find a single under-display fingerprint sensor that met its requirements, but it looks like it has now finally found one that works with its OLED displays.
It has placed great importance on its Chinese customers in the past, however, the large price gap has become an issue. This is not the first time Apple has made changes for the Chinese market, but it was never to this extent. Previously for iPhone XS and XR, Apple decided to sell a physical dual-SIM card model in China. The rest of the world had to use an embedded eSIM and a regular SIM card for the dual-SIM models.