Over the past couple of years, Apple seems to be favoring facial recognition over Touch ID. However, the company is apparently not abandoning Touch ID. Apple has won a patent for under-the-display Optical Imaging Sensors. This means that we may get an iPhone with an in-screen fingerprint sensor soon.
With the release of the iPhone X in 2017, Apple seemed to ditch Touch ID fingerprint sensors. The company instead opted for just Face ID facial recognition.
According to a new patent spotted by Patently Apple, Apple could launch a new fingerprint sensor located under the screen of the next iPhone generation. This means that we will likely see it in the iPhone 12 series in 2020.
Even though Apple filed the patent in 2017, the company only just won it. This means that Apple will likely not abandon this mode of biometric authentication. We already see the in-screen fingerprint reader in phones from brands like Huawei and OnePlus as well as some other Android phones.