Ming-Chi Kuo says Next Apple Inc. iPhone will have Upgraded Touch ID Sensor

According to an analyst, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)‘s next iPhone will include an updated Touch ID sensor to improve the Apple Pay experience. The new sensor will improve security and be more reliable for fewer reading errors. The latest prediction comes again from Ming-Chi Kuo, an analyst with KGI Securities.

Kuo has missed the timing on certain product launches but has frequently provided accurate details on future hardware and provided some of the most accurate estimates of iPhone sales for the December Quarter.

Sensor will remain in Home Button

The new sensor will remain in the home button. While there has been talk of moving the fingerprint scanning technology into the touch panels, Kuo does not expect that in the near term saying “Though Apple has filed patents for the integration of Touch ID and touch panel, this isn’t likely to bear fruit near term as complex algorithms and sapphire cover lens are also required,” he said.

Last week, Apple filed a patent describing how future iPhones and iPads could move the Touch ID fingerprint sensor from the device’s home button to the display itself.  This could allow for new ways to authenticate a user like a palm-print scan to log in.

Read More: Apple Inc. patent would extend capabilities of Touch ID home button

The Touch ID was initially introduced in the iPhone 5S in 2013 and was extended last year to support Apple’s new digital wallet service, Apple Pay.



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