Apple has reportedly started talking with suppliers about bring ultrasonic fingerprint sensor technology from Qualcomm to at least one iPhone for release as early as next year or possible 2021. The new sensor is, remarkably, 17 times larger than the original sensor area.
Today, Qualcomm has announced the 3D Sonic Max fingerprint sensor, which is the successor of the 3D Sonic In-display fingerprint sensor it launched previous year.More news: Turkey says no change in objection to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation plan on Baltics
Qualcomm has launched 3D Sonic Max to overcome the issues faced by the first generation sonic sensor that debuted on the Samsung Galaxy S10. The feature could prove to be highly useful in situations where stringent security is needed, for example, in banking apps, password lockers, and more.
Unlike the last 3D Sonic model, the updated 3D Sonic Max sensor identifies what it's sensing with ultrasonic waves on its own hardware and not via algorithms and processing somewhere else on the device.More news: Carolina Panthers Head Coach Ron Rivera Has Just Been Fired
Besides the improved fingerprint scanning that comes with a larger recognition area, another benefit of the size is that phone manufacturers can implement two-finger authentication for better security. Touch ID, on the other hand, has an accuracy of 1 in 50,000, and it's the same for most other fingerprint sensors.
That's according to new reports from the Economic Daily News, cited by MacRumors, which note that Apple plans to meet with a Taiwanese touchscreen maker next week to talk about a fingerprint sensor that could work underneath the iPhone's all-screen display.More news: Justin Trudeau, Boris Johnson, Emmanuel Macron Apparently Mock Trump at North Atlantic Treaty Organisation
Qualcomm says the new scanner is able to capture a much clearer fingerprint image than the older generation sensor, giving it far greater security protection for mobile users.