Well, it seems like Apple is done with the Touch ID and is graduating to a higher authentication technology for its devices. According to report retrieved by AppleInsider, KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has predicted that Apple is developing a new class of bio-recognition technologies that will enable the company to get rid of the home button. In particular, the analyst has forecasted Apple replacing the existing Touch ID technology with optical fingerprint readers. Also Read - Meet Indian developer who wins Apple Design award for his music app NaadSadhanaAlso Read - iPad Mini for 2021 to ditch fat bezels, could bring along new Apple Pencil Mini
The Touch ID technology was first introduced with the iPhone 5s in 2013, which eventually was also introduced on iPads. And most recently, the technology also made its way to the MacBook Pro with Touch Bar models in October last year. Also Read - iOS 4 is now available again on modern iPhones, complete with Home button: How to get it
Kuo believes that this new technology will arrive in the new Apple device as soon as this year, as Apple is widely rumored to introduce a full-screen OLED iPhone model this fall, which plays nice with the no home button predictions. According to Kuo, the existing “under glass” design of fingerprint recognition doesn’t meet the requirements of full-screen form factor designs, therefore an “under panel” placement is required. Basically, Apple’s 2017 iPhone would include new biometric identification technology as well as a new design to provide better structural support for a flexible OLED display with 3D Touch capability. ALSO READ: Apple iPhone 8 to feature face recognition powered by laser sensor: Report
Apple may switch to a film sensor from the current FPCB sensor in order to provide better 3D Touch user experience, as a film sensor offers higher sensitivity. Also, we expect the new OLED iPhone will come with a flexible OLED panel. To avoid deforming the form factor of the flexible OLED panel from touch operation pressure, a metal structural part will be placed under the film sensor to provide more robust structural support, Kuo said.
Further, talking about the new biometric authentication technology, Kuo predicts that Apple will turn to optical type fingerprint sensing technology capable of accepting readings through OLED panels without the need for capacitive charge components. These “under panel” systems allow for a completely uniform screen surface, an aesthetic toward which the smartphone industry is trending. While the existing Touch ID technology is also an under glass design, the metal ring surrounding it is essential to send a small electrical charge through a user’s finger and so making the it a must for the ring to be accessible to a user at all times, making the solution unsuitable for inclusion in devices with full-face screens. ALSO READ: Future Apple iPhones to boast edge-to-edge display, patent hints
What Kuo has predicted now, dovetails previous patent rumors about Apple that with the iPhone 2017, the company will replace the home button with fingerprint sensors that work through displays.
Additionally, similar to the iPhone 8, Samsung s upcoming Galaxy S8 may also be saying goodbye to the home button. If recent renders and rumors are to be believed, Samsung will use an ultrasonic fingerprint sensor that resides beneath the display, which does away with the need for a physical home button. A similar setup was seen last year on smartphones like the Xiaomi Mi 5s, and Mi 5s Plus. ALSO READ: Samsung Galaxy S8 rumor roundup
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