Apple will introduce redesigned fingerprint sensor in the OLED version of its next iPhone. Apple’s upcoming “iPhone 8” is expected to feature a virtual home button embedded in the display also. Today, DigiTimes cited industry sources claiming that an Apple-designed “built-in fingerprint sensor device” is indeed on the way, and will replace the traditional capacitive touch technology known as Touch ID.
Apple has selected neither Synaptics’ Natural ID touch fingerprint sensor nor Qualcomm’s Sense ID fingerprint technology for its new OLED iPhones, and decided to use its own Authentic algorithm combined with Privaris glass identification technology to redesign a new fingerprint ID feature. Apple will be going to reinvent the touchID in the next iPhone that you can expect this year September 2017.
If we dig little back in history – The Touch ID fingerprint sensor technology originally came from AuthenTec, which Cupertino acquired in 2012, while the Privaris reference harks back to a patent portfolio Apple bought from the closed biometric security firm in June 2015 that included dozens of patents relating to fingerprint and touchscreen technology, including – in at least one example – the ability to use a touchscreen and fingerprint reader at the same time.
Apple’s in-house developed fingerprint ID solution will be fabricated at TSMC’s 12-inch line using 65nm process technology, said the sources, adding that production for the new OLED iPhone is unlikely to start until September due to the redesigned fingerprint ID solution.
Information gathered previously by other sources from the supply chain suggested that Apple plans to ramp up iPhone 8 production in June because that would allow Apple to work out any manufacturing issues in the design and lead to better supply in preparation for a September launch.
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Finally, the report goes on to claim that the tenth-anniversary edition iPhone will use “biometric authentication systems such as ultrasound”, adding to the possible mix of facial recognition and iris scanning technologies also rumored to be in the works. Apart from the edge-to-edge display supplied by Samsung, other features more widely expected for the “iPhone 8” include some form of wireless charging and a glass body.