Apple Inc. has plans to use an under-display ultrasonic fingerprint sensor supplied by Qualcomm in at least one of its iPhone variant set to unveiled in 2020.
According to a pair of reports, the Cupertino-based technology giant has arranged for a spokesperson to meet next week with Taiwanese touchscreen-related manufacturer, GIS. Amid to discuss the development of its variant with an under-display fingerprint scanner for release in 2020. There are also chances of the release date might be pushed back to 2021.
GIS would eventually work hand-in-hand with Qualcomm to supply the mandatory components.
This lines up with the latest report, and others who await Apple to introduce an iPhone with both under-display fingerprint scanner and Face ID authentication in 2020 or the following years.
Currently, there are two sorts of under-display fingerprint scanners - optical and ultrasonic. The ultrasonic models make use of high-frequency sound to create a 3D image of a fingerprint, while the optical models depend on light from the display of a smartphone to generate a 2D image of a fingerprint.
Qualcomm has already supplied ultrasonic fingerprint scanners for Samsung Galaxy S10 and Samsung Galaxy Note 10, but iPhone is likely to use even more advanced technology by time 2020 or 2021 rolls around.
On the sidelines of the 2019 Mobile World Congress Conference in Barcelona, Qualcomm’s Director Gordon Thomas allegedly disclosed that the company has plans to generate even larger under-display fingerprint scanners. Compared to the one which it has used in Samsung’s latest variant, with the ultimate object of developing a sensor that works across the entire display.
Coincidentally, the rumors about iPhones to get featured with an under-display fingerprint scanner have recommended it will be a full-screen solution.
Finally, it assists as proof that the company has plans to unveil at least one new variant with both the features - full-screen Touch ID and Face ID - within the next year or two. Noted that the ultrasonic technology is only functional with O-LED displays, the sensor expected to be limited to higher-end iPhones.
During the Snapdragon Tech Summit in Hawaii, Qualcomm has introduced all-new 30 x 20 mm in-display fingerprint scanner called 3D Sonic Max, for smartphones, detailed to be 17-times more significant than the one in Samsung Galaxy S10. It will also allow increasing the security factors through concurrent two-finger authentication, ease of use, and increases speed.