Report: Apple working on new iPhone displays with integrated fingerprint scanners


Apple is working on new, in-house touch and display drivers that will allow it to integrate fingerprint scanners into its Retina HD displays, a new report claims. The move could allow Apple to finally eliminate the physical home button in pursuit of prettier iPhones.

A big design complaint about the iPhone is that the bezels that surround its display are too thick. For instance, the iPhone 6 Plus is much larger than rival handsets with the same-sized display — such as the LG G3 and G4 — thanks to the bigger borders around its screen.

They’re there mostly to accommodate the iPhone’s home button, and Apple is unable to eliminate that without also eliminating Touch ID — unless it can build fingerprint scanners into the screen itself. And that’s exactly what sources in the supply chain say the company is working on.

“Apple is internally developing touch and display driver integration (TDDI) single-chip solutions for its iPhones, according to sources in Taiwan’s IC design industry,” reports DigiTimes.

“The TDDI single-chip solutions will also come with integrated fingerprint sensors, said the sources. The integrated design would fit into future iPhone designs – models with ultra-thin and ultra-narrow displays, and with a whole plane design eliminating the Home button.”

Apple has already designed its own chipsets optimized for iOS devices, so this certainly seems like a plausible move given the advantages it could bring. But eliminating the iPhone’s home button would be a major move, given that it’s been around for so long and works so well.

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