Next iPhone to use an upgraded Touch ID sensor to improve Apple Pay experience

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Next iPhone to use an upgraded Touch ID sensor to improve Apple Pay experience

  • 2015-02-13 14:47:16
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News / Mobile phones Next iPhone to use an upgraded Touch ID sensor to improve Apple Pay experience

According to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple will use an updated Touch ID fingerprint scanner on the next-generation iPhone — expected to be unveiled in Q3 of this year — that will improve the Apple Pay experience by reducing the scanning errors. 

The upgraded Touch ID sensor will require an ever higher precision for the laser welding process to achieve better performance.

He added that Apple will continue to integrate Touch ID into the home button on the iPhone and iPad for now with the company having no plans to integrate the sensor into the touch screen of the devices anytime soon.

“Though Apple has filed patents for the integration of Touch ID and touch panel, this isn’t likely to bear fruit near term as complex algorithms and sapphire cover lens are also required,” he said. “We therefore don’t see any impact on supply chain momentum.”

Last week a patent filing from Apple revealed that it is working on technologies that will allow it to integrate the Touch ID sensor into the touchscreen of the iPhone and iPad itself.

Kuo also noted that the shipment of Touch ID sensors will increase by 12.4 percent to 262 million in 2015 because of the new iPhones and the growing popularity of Apple Pay.

Apple is the only company in the smartphone market to have successfully integrated a fingerprint sensor in its smartphone. Other companies, including Samsung, have been struggling to offer an experience like Apple because of the lack of fingerprint sensors in the market that can rival Apple’s Touch ID sensor in terms of ease of use and overall performance.

[Via Apple Insider]


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