Leaked photos may show new, improved Touch ID sensor for iPhone 6

Image courtesy of iFixit.

Photo: iFixit

Photos have surfaced on French Apple website Nowhereelse.fr that purport to show the Touch ID sensor for Apple’s next-generation iPhone 6.

While at first glance, the images look identical to the sensor embedded within the iPhone 5s — Apple’s first smartphone to feature the Touch ID technology — upon closer inspection some tiny differences in design can be spotted. These predominantly relate to the edges of the sensor where the tiny screws will attach it to the device’s metal housing.

The two sensors can be seen next to one another in the image below:

IP6-TouchID-1

Photo: Nowhereelse.fr

It was previously reported that 2014’s refresh of Touch ID will focus on internal modifications designed to make the fingerprint-scanning hardware much more durable. Particularly as Apple potentially moves into the mobile payments field, this will likely be an important improvement.

It has also been suggested multiple times that this year will see Touch ID used on iPad models, with manufacturer Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company supposedly expanding its 8-inch chip plant in order in order to produce Touch ID sensors for both the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3.

The 4.7-inch iPhone 6 is expected to drop September 19, although its larger 5.5-inch “phablet” big brother could well be delayed until early 2015.

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Luke DormehlLuke Dormehl is a UK-based journalist and author, with a background working in documentary film for Channel 4 and the BBC. He is the author of The Formula: How Algorithms Solve All Our Problems, And Create More and The Apple Revolution, both published by Penguin/Random House. His tech writing has also appeared in Wired, Fast Company, Techmeme, and other publications. He'd like you a lot if you followed him on Twitter.

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