Industry insiders tell us that Apple is planning to use Qualcomm’s ultrasonic fingerprint sensing technology in an iPhone scheduled to be released in 2020. The company might be partnering with a Taiwan based touchscreen maker to develop an iPhone that will be unveiled in 2020 or 2021. Qualcomm unveiled its new 3D Sonic Max ultrasonic fingerprint reader at their annual Snapdragon technology summit in USA.
Currently. Qualcomm supplies fingerprint sensors to Samsung’s Galaxy S10 and Galaxy Note 10 series. Apple iPhones could possibly use this technology or an advanced version of this in their new devices, which will be launched in 2020 or 2021.
There are two types of fingerprint sensors which are under display, the optical and the ultrasonic. The optical variant functions by creating a 2D image of the fingerprint, while the ultrasonic variant generates a 3D image to identify the user.
Speculations and rumours suggest that one of Apple’s products next year will have both Face ID and full screen touch ID. Ultrasonic technology however works only with OLED displays and hence may be limited to higher-end iPhones of the future. While other iPhones of mid-range will have to depend on the optical variant technology for fingerprint recognition.
Sources tell us that Apple may release a 5.4-inch iPhone, two 6.1-inch iPhones and one 6.7-inch 5G supporting iPhone in the upcoming year and the year after that. We also have heard rumours that apple may be getting thinner displays from Samsung for their upcoming iPhones with the Qualcomm tech with them.
Samsung display is said to be the sole supplier for 5.4-inch and 6.7-inch OLED display panels and that iPhones released in 2020 will have better display technology through Samsung’s OLED panels. Samsung is said to be the only supplier of on-cell touch OLED panels for 5.4-inch and 6.7-inch devices that will be released by Apple 2020 onwards.
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