Apple's Next iPhone Rumoured to Be Using Qualcomm's Ultrasonic Fingerprint Scanner

By Shabana Arif on at

Touch ID has been rumoured to be making a comeback to the iPhone for a while, and now it looks like Qualcomm may be supplying the tech.

Rumours of fingerprint scanners being integrated into iPhones again have been floating about since last year, with initial reports suggesting a 2021 appearance, while the most recent has the roll-out pegged for as early as 2020.

Economic Daily reports that Apple will be introducing an in-display fingerprint scanner to its smartphones next year made by Qualcomm that is an "improved" iteration of existing tech.

This may be referring to the newly announced 3D Sonic Max ultrasonic in-display fingerprint sensor that purports to be an improvement on the 3D Sonic Sensor, with a reader 17 times larger than the original. In fact, it's so big, it can register two fingers at once (via Engadget).

Qualcomm's Gordon Thomas, senior director for product management, said that the reader is shooting for a 1 in a million accuracy rate, putting it on par with Apple's Face ID. The sensor is able to look at a larger area for a fuller print, with Thomas using the fuzz as an example.

"The police would never accept partial prints," he said. And neither will your new iPhone, potentially. [Ubergizmo]