Curated By: Shaurya Sharma

Last Updated: December 07, 2023, 12:51 IST

Cupertino, California, USA

Touch ID has been a reliable way to unlock Apple devices since its inception in 2023.

One of Apple’s key employees, Steve Hotelling, is leaving. He is the man behind the Touch ID biometrics that we’ve seen in iPhones over the last decade or so.

iPhones have been equipped with reliable biometrics for quite some time. The integration of Touch ID into the iPhone 5S in 2013 marked the beginning of this. And, in 2017, iPhone users got Face ID, which replaced the Touch ID fingerprint system. It is worth noting that Apple employee Steve Hotelling played a key role in the development of these two systems. However, he is now leaving Apple.

According to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, Hotelling’s role at Apple revolves around engineering components such as displays, health sensors, and biometrics like Face ID. He currently serves as a vice president in the company.

Hotelling is retiring but leaving behind a rich legacy at Apple. He is reportedly behind hundreds of patents held by Apple and has been one of the key brains behind the Apple iPhone, iPad, and the Apple Watch.

“No one was more brilliant than Steve,” an Apple executive told Bloomberg.

Alongside his work in biometrics, Hotelling was also involved in creating custom sensors in the company’s camera sector. In fact, he even worked on the development of depth-sensing augmented reality technology, Apple’s high-end ProMotion displays found in Pro iPhones and MacBooks, and even haptic feedback technology.

Hotelling’s stint at Apple has lasted for more than two decades, and he helped the company by representing it in multiple trials, including one against Samsung.

On that note, it will be interesting to see how Apple deals with this alleged development, considering the company has been rumoured to be on the cusp of developing its own camera sensors and other in-house hardware, such as cellular modems for iPhones.