Apple has scheduled a meeting with GIS, a Taiwan-based touch panel maker, next week to discuss the timing of the launch of a new iPhone smartphone with an in-screen fingerprint scanner, the Economic Daily reported. If all goes well, the next generation of iPhones is expected to use ultrasonic fingerprint sensor technology from Qualcomm, which will be released in 2020. This improvement may be delayed until 2021 if the industry chain partner fails to provide timely and robust support.
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GIS will work with Qualcomm to provide the necessary components. The news is in line with the latest reports from Ming-Chi Kuo, Barclays analysts and Bloomberg. The new iPhone Smart Opportunity from 2020 to 2021 is widely expected to feature Face ID plus off-screen fingerprint recognition.
At present, the common under-screen fingerprint scheme is divided into two types: optical and ultrasonic. The former relies on screen glowtoe to create a 2D image of the fingerprint, while ultrasound can map 3D images through high-frequency sound waves.
Qualcomm has previously provided ultrasonic fingerprint sensor technology for Samsung Galaxy S10 and Note 10 smartphones. But by 2020 or 2021, the new iPhone is expected to feature a more advanced version.
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During the Mobile World Congress (MWC 2019) in Barcelona, Spain, in February this year, Qualcomm Chairman Gordon Thomas revealed in a closed-door briefing:
The company plans to create a much larger in-screen fingerprint sensor than Samsung’s latest smartphone, with the ultimate goal of developing an ultrasonic underscreen fingerprint sensor that can be used on almost the entire display panel.
Interestingly, as PCMag points out. Qualcomm unveiled a 30-by-20 mm off-screen fingerprint sensor for smart machines at today’s Dragon Technology Summit in Hawaii, said to be 17 times the size of the Galaxy S10.
While it’s not clear that the 2020-2021 iPhone Smart Opportunity will feature partial or full-screen fingerprint recognition, given that ultrasonic technology is only available for OLED display panels, this means that new sensors may be limited to high-end iPhone models.