iPhone 13 killer upgrade leaked — Touch ID just made the 'final cut'

iPhone 13 Pro colors
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Leaks are circulating this week that suggest when Apple previews iOS 15 at WWDC 2021 this summer, we can expect to see a redesigned Control Center that hints at a new form of Touch ID sensor built directly into the iPhone screen. And that has big implications for the iPhone 13 due out this fall.

According to Twitter user Jioriku, who has a history of leaking and contextualizing Apple's internal design efforts, the company has a team working on a multi-factor authentication API that would afford developers the option to require verification of your identity in multiple ways, including via Touch ID and Face ID.

If true, this means that we're about to see a significant shift in the way iPhones are designed. Rather than bringing back the Home button, Jioriku claims that Apple aims to build a Touch ID sensor into the glass screen of future phones, which likely also means that you'll lose access to Touch ID if you replace said screen.

Specifically, Jioriku says that "Touch ID made the final cut on the iPhone 13." However, he adds that "this doesn't mean it is guaranteed to come it just means Apple approved it."

If you're more curious about what's on the screen than what's in it, you may be interested to hear that Apple is reportedly bringing a redesigned Control Center to iOS 15 influenced by the company's experience porting the Control Center to macOS last year with Big Sur.

Apple iOS 15 Control Center redesign

A look at how the Control Center appears on macOS Big Sur. (Image credit: Tom's Guide)

Though we've yet to see any images of the purported iOS Control Center redesign, the flatter, fatter icons laid out in the macOS Control Center seem likely to translate well to the iPhone's smaller screen. 

However, we have seen leaked images of a purported iOS 15 redesign with icons for Apple services that feature a gradient white background and inset borders drawn in accenting colors, much akin to the neumorphic icon design of Big Sur. 

Of course, we should expect the team at Apple to be working through multiple prototypes and designs on the path to a new iPhone, and we won't know what makes the final cut until WWDC brings about an iOS 15 preview in June.

Alex Wawro
Senior Editor Computing

Alex Wawro is a lifelong tech and games enthusiast with more than a decade of experience covering both for outlets like Game Developer, Black Hat, and PC World magazine. A lifelong PC builder, he currently serves as a senior editor at Tom's Guide covering all things computing, from laptops and desktops to keyboards and mice.