Apple is installing a new and improved fingerprint sensor on the iPhone 6. According to DigiTimes, TSMC will officially begin manufacturing the new fingerprint sensor later this year. The new sensor will be produced at 12-inch fab. The iPhone 6 with fingerprint services should be available by the end of the year.
Rather than hiring another company to package the fingerprint sensors, TSMC will also administer the packaging process. During the production of iPhone 5s, external companies hired by TSMC to do the sensor packaging could not do the job quickly enough, thereby impeding the overall production of the phone.
Though the resolution of the camera on the iPhone 6 is rumored to remain at 8 megapixel, there might be an upgrade on the image stabilization feature. According to The China Post, Apple wants to focus on the portability of the device. At the moment, this means foregoing a megapixel upgrade. According to Nomura Securities, Apple might also contract Largan for the creation of a new camera to be installed on later iPhone updates.
The rumored release date for the iPhone 6 is fall of 2014.
“According to Nomura Securities, Largan’s recently lagging performance in the market is caused by rumors that Apple may adopt an 8-megapixel camera with improved optical image stabilization on its upcoming handset, instead of the 16MP upgrade anticipated by industry observers,” wrote the site.
Apple is choosing to go with the same megapixels in order to give the device a more portable form factor, according to the source. Largan might be employed for the task of creating the new camera as the company is capable of coping with the complexity of the camera module, according to Nomura Securities.
The iPhone 6 is rumored to be released in the fall of 2014.