Rumour: iPhone 8 will replace touch ID with new fingerprint sensor tech

By : |March 6, 2017 0

Adding more rumours to the much-awaited Apple iPhone 8, the latest report says that the next iteration of iPhone 7 will replace the traditional capacitive Touch ID with new fingerprint sensor tech.

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the iPhone, Apple is reportedly producing an in-house integrated fingerprint ID technology for the future iPhones including the iPhone 8, according to Digitimes report.

Citing sources, DigiTimes reports that Apple is planning to combine an algorithm from AuthenTec with glass identification technology from Privaris for the OLED iPhone 8. Privaris is a biometric security firm acquired by Apple in 2015, whereas AuthenTec was acquired in 2012.

The sensor will be placed under the iPhone’s OLED display.

The report also says that Apple will bring additional authentication mechanisms to further bolster the feature set of the upcoming iPhone. Refuting famous Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo’s forecast of Apple using iris or facial recognition tech, DigiTimes suggests that it could use alternatives such as ultrasound.

The report further says that the company won’t start production until September this year. “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,” said Digitimes.

Summoning all the rumours, Apple is expected to feature a curved OLED display, no home button, fingerprint sensor, wireless charging and most likely a facial recognition sensor which would also have AR applications.

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