iPhone rumors and speculation have forever been the norm in the mobile tech world. Just a few weeks ago there was speculation that Apple would be putting Touch ID on the back of the new iPhone 8. The story was, like Samsung, Apple hadn’t figured out how to embed the fingerprint technology into the screen effectively. Now, a new source claims that Apple has figured out the tech and we should expect that Touch ID will indeed by integrated into the front OLED screen.
Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN) said it spoke to sources from Apple supplier Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), who apparently confirmed Apple’s achievement during a technology convention held in Taipei on Thursday.
Among several design changes TSMC reportedly discussed at the TSMC 2017 NA Technology Symposium was the lack of a home button on the redesigned OLED iPhone, owing to Apple’s use of “an optical fingerprint sensor to enable authentication directly on the screen” in the absence of a physical Home button.
In addition to the fingerprint recognition, the sources claimed the new iPhones will also come with “invisible infrared image sensors to enhance the functionality of the high-pixel camera” and to enable augmented reality functions.
As with all speculation and rumor, it’s hard to confirm any of this. Lately, we’ve had the opinion that many of these leaks and rumors are calculated PR strategies by Apple to keep the brand in the spotlight. It’s easy for the consumer to forget one product whilst it is being developed and the competition is making its PR rounds with their newly released products.
I will say this though. I hope Apple has figured out the Touch ID screen integration. I personally think it would look better and it gives us a new piece of tech to talk about.Source: Mac Rumors