Though Apple is the world’s most popular brand in the tech industry, not all of its moves are accepted by customers. Many believe that Apple’s new iPhone series, including the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR failed to evoke consumer desire for upgrading. Apple seems to be aware of this and has taken a price cut. However, a new finding suggests that Apple’s next move will lead to a new upgrade, intended to re-energize consumers’ desire to buy new iPhones. According to Patently Apple, insiders in the supply chain revealed that Apple is seriously considering re-launching fingerprint recognition technology in a new design. As you can guess, this new design is the on-screen fingerprint recognition technology.
The source pointed out that Apple is currently evaluating biometric sensor suppliers O-film, General Interface Solution, and TPK Holding. Interestingly, next year’s new iPad will adopt the on-screen fingerprint recognition before the new iPhone.
Actually, there is a bigger turning point. Apple said that O-film, GIS, and TPK Holding are also suppliers of Samsung’s high-end ‘ultrasonic’ on-screen fingerprinting technology, which will be used in Samsung’s new flagship Galaxy S10 next year.
It is reported that ultrasonic recognition is as fast, accurate, and even safer as other identification technologies. Due to the slow speed of existing on-screen fingerprint recognition technologies, ultrasound technology will become a powerful successor to Apple’s next-generation TouchID.
After all, no matter how good facial recognition technology is, undoubtedly, it is sometimes more convenient to unlock the device with a fingerprint. For example, when the user does not want to pick up the phone first.
It is worth noting that as early as August this year, Apple has applied for a patent for its on-screen fingerprinting. So there is every reason to think the next-gen iPhone will come with this feature.