Apple Said To Be Struggling With Optical Fingerprint Sensing

Posted April 18, 2017

As for the optical fingerprint sensor, it will be baked into the design of the iPhone screen. With Apple celebrating the iPhone's tenth anniversary this year, the expectations are big for the company's next-generation iPhone.

Another clue is that, according to 9to5Mac, Foxconn, a Taiwanese multinational electronics contract manufacturing company, has not shared as many leaks as it normally does around this time of year.

Apple, this first quarter released the "PRODUCT Red" edition of iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, which can be regarded as a follow-up to last year's "Jet Black" edition.

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Trendforce said that the total production volume of all iPhone devices for the second quarter will reach around 43 million units, a decline of 17 percent from the preceding quarter.

Amongst those possible changes could be the removal entirely of the home button, eliminating the bezel that is around the display of the phone and using materials to build the phone that have never been used prior to now on any iPhones preceding this one.

Another leak by Domenico Panacea of macitynet, suggests that the device will skip the physical home button, and come embedded with a digital button on the lower side of the display. Additionally, we believe Apple has evaluated Synaptic's optical fingerprint solution, but that it has not been qualified. However, he said Apple's 3D sensing production appears on track, and could be a viable alternative to fingerprints. Proximity and other sensor rarely take up this much surface area so looks like Apple's got other plans. The analysts say they do not believe the supplier for Apple's optical fingerprint module has set orders for production, which indicates that Apple may not be ready for it yet. On the other hand, the display manufacturer determined that it would lag behind other competitors in the market if they didn't invest in the burgeoning OLED industry - a display medium that's rapidly turning out to be the new standard for flagship smartphones.

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'By April, we normally see a flood of next-gen iPhone cases, schematics leak and blurry photos from the factory floor, ' Benjamin Mayo with 9to5Mac wrote. How about a shiny red iPhone 8?

The firm might also just release the two minor-upgrade devices in September and leave the premium version for a later date. In February, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said the "iPhone 8" will feature a "revolutionary" front-facing camera system with infrared for fully-featured 3D sensing capabilities.

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