Touch ID is going to get a big upgrade in the next iPhone, according to a new rumor from reputable Apple analyst Ming Chi-Kuo.
In his latest note to investors, Kuo says Apple plans to upgrade the fingerprint scanning technology in its Touch ID module this year to reduce the number of reading errors and offer a “better and safer Apple Pay user experience.”
Apple indicated it could move the fingerprint scanning tech underneath the iPhone’s display. However, according to Kuo, the Touch ID sensor will still be located underneath the home button for the iPhone 6s for now.
“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. “We therefore don’t see any impact on supply chain momentum.”
The total number of Touch ID modules shipped could rise as much as 77% to reach a total of 260 million units in 2015. The new modules will require more advanced precision for the module’s laser welding process, but Kuo expects Apple suppliers will begin ramping up production of the new Touch ID sensors in the second quarter of 2015.