New Biometric Options
The fingerprint scanner was introduced in iPhone 5s. Since then every iPhone has had it. It has become a norm in all flagship phones from Apple and even Samsung. But it seems Apple is ready to move onto bigger and better security options.
KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, broke this news. As in his analytical report, he suggested that Apple is looking to add newer tools to its biometric arsenal. It also states that Apple might move to facial recognition.
Ming-Chi Kuo Stated In His 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.”
Apple To Introduce Face Recognition?
KGI believes that the company will supplant it with a new optical fingerprint sensor as well as facial recognition sensors. He further elaborates how the next iPhone will fit the finger print sensor on the Apple’s “Full-Screen” design. 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.
Not only that, it also has to be compatible with the OLED display. As the OLED may cause interference with sensors.
Apple’s Future Plans
In the end, KGI speculated that eventually, the Cupertino-based company will rely solely on face recognition for authentication and unlock, eliminating the need for the Touch ID sensor entirely.
For now, Apple might use both systems to compliment each other, so the other can fill the void when one fails. This trend is supposed to be followed until facial recognition is perfected.