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    March 6, 2017

    Apple’s new iPhone is tipped to get a new fingerprint reader

    iPhone 8 fingerprint sensor

    New reports indicate that Apple’s next iPhone will benefit from a redesigned TouchID sensor that could be baked into a touch-sensitive ‘function area’.

    One of the persistent rumours surrounding Apple’s next iPhone that has quickly gained traction is the idea that the device will rid itself of Apple’s classic ‘Home’ button in favour of a touch-sensitive function area that would include a TouchID sensor.

    Ever since the introduction of the very first iPhone a decade ago in 2007, iOS has relied on the Home button as a navigational focal point; the iPhone 5s refined the concept by adding in a fingerprint reader, the software and hardware for which Apple has since referred to as ‘TouchID’.

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    A report from DigiTimes cites that Apple will replace the present capacitive form of TouchID with a “built-in fingerprint sensor device”. The report reads:

    “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’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.”

    The news would corroborate claims that Apple is planning to ditch its classic Home button in favour of a touch-sensitive function area similar to the Touch Bar found on the 2016 MacBook Pro. According to DigiTimes, Apple will enter production in July for “two other new iPhones, which will retain LCD for their displays”, while another will bear a Samsung-made OLED display.

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    What are your thoughts? Should iOS dispense with the Home button and TouchID, or is the feature a classic component of the system that should be preserved? Be sure to let us know your opinion in the comments below!

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