iPhone 12 series tipped to sport Qualcomm’s new ultrasonic fingerprint reader

“Apple is said to partner with Taiwanese touchscreen-related manufacturer GIS to develop an iPhone with an under-display fingerprint scanner”

A new report has further reaffirmed the claim that the upcoming iPhone 12 series could debut with a new form of Touch ID. The Cupertino-based firm is reportedly planning to use Qualcomm’s new ultrasonic fingerprint scanner in its iPhones next year. According to MacRumours citing Economic Daily Times, Apple is likely to partner with Taiwanese touchscreen-related manufacturer GIS to develop an under-display fingerprint scanner for the next year’s iPhone 12 series or later. It has already been reported in the past as well that Apple could release an iPhone with both Face ID and under-display fingerprint authentication in 2020 or 2021.

Qualcomm’s new 3D Sonic Max ultrasonic in-display fingerprint scanner.

Qualcomm, meanwhile, has launched a new 3D Sonic Max ultrasonic fingerprint scanner at its third annual Snapdragon Technology Summit 2019 in Hawaii. The scanner is the successor to the 4mm by 9mm Qualcomm’s ultrasonic fingerprint scanner, which was used in Samsung Galaxy S10 and Galaxy Note 10 series. The new 3D Sonic Max fingerprint scanner measures 20mm by 30mm that means it can cover a larger area and users don’t have to precisely place their finger over the small sensor to unlock a phone.

The iPhone 12 series is likely to be inspired by iPhone 4.

Neither Apple nor Qualcomm has commented on the development yet. Both the companies, after a long legal battle over license fees, have agreed to work together. Qualcomm will be supplying 5G chips to Apple for the latter to launch a 5G iPhone as early as next year. At least one if not all iPhone 12 models are expected to debut with the fifth-generation cellular connectivity. The lineup is expected to come in as many as three models, allegedly dubbed as iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Max, and iPhone 12 Max Pro. 

If previous leaks and rumours are anything to go by, the iPhone 12 series could debut with sharper, boxier aesthetic instead of softer contours on contemporary iPhones. The handsets may sport OLED panels, a notch that is slimmer than ever, iPhone 11-like camera module, A14 Bionic SoC, and USB Type-C port instead of the Lightning port for charging.