Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is reportedly developing its own in-house integrated fingerprint ID technology for the future iPhones including the iPhone 8.
The iPhone 8 will feature Apple-designed fingerprint sensor technology, DigiTimes reported (via Mac Rumors), citing sources familiar with the development.
The new fingerprint sensor technology will replace the traditional capacitive touch technology known as Touch ID, according to the report.
“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 Authentec algorithm combined with Privaris glass identification technology to redesign a new fingerprint ID solution,” according to industry sources.
Apple Unlikely to Start iPhone 8 Production Until September
The Cupertino-based tech giant is rumored to launch a completely redesigned iPhone 8 this year. It will be the 10-anniversary edition iPhone.
Rumors suggested that the iPhone 8 will feature a virtual home button embedded in the display.
Previously, Ming-Chi Kuo, a famous Apple analyst, predicted that the iPhone 8 will have a new “function area” at the bottom of the display. According to Kuo, the MacBook Pro Touch Bar-inspired “function area” will replace the Touch ID sensor with new and advanced biometric technologies.
The sources told DigiTimes that “Apple’s in-house developed fingerprint ID solution will be fabricated at TSMC’s 12-inch line using 65nm process technology”.
The sources also claim that the iPhone maker is unlikely to start production of the new OLED iPhone until September due to the redesigned fingerprint ID solution.
According to the report, the company will begin volume production of “two other new iPhones” retaining LCD displays (possibly the iPhone 7s and 7s Plus) in July.
Earlier, sources from the Apple supply chain claimed that the company will ramp up iPhone 8 production in June. This would allow the company to address any manufacturing issues in the design and be prepared for a September launch.
According to Mac Rumors, DigiTimes has a mixed track record at reporting on Apple’s unannounced product plans. So, this latest report should be treated with caution.
Further, the DigiTimes report notes that the 10-anniversary edition iPhone will use “biometric authentication systems such as ultrasound.”
Other iPhone 8 Rumors
The iPhone maker is expected to introduce three handsets at the September event.
In addition to the 5.8-inch iPhone 8, the company will also launch a 4.7-inch iPhone 7s and a 5.5-inch iPhone 7s Plus.
The 5.8-inch iPhone 8 is said to feature wireless charging, edge-to-edge OLED display, and cutting-edge camera technology.
Apple is reportedly building a technology to charge the iPhone from a long distance. We expect to see that long-range wireless charging capability in the iPhone 8. According to Kuo, the wireless charging would make the iPhone 8 very attractive for lower-end of the smartphone market.
The iPhone 8 is expected to come with revolutionary camera technology. Kuo predicted that 10-anniversary edition iPhone will feature a dual-lens camera and optical image stabilization for both the wide-angle and telephoto lenses. Additionally, a report leaked out of Korea claimed that the iPhone 8 will also sport a 3D camera.