Report: Apple is developing ultrasonic in-display fingerprint scanner

Report: Apple is developing ultrasonic in-display fingerprint scanner
According to a new report out of Korea published today, Apple is said to be working on an ultrasonic in-display fingerprint scanner. Currently, optical technology is used by Chinese smartphone manufacturers for such a feature. This uses reflected light to read the shape of a fingerprint and match it to the user's fingerprint. The ultrasonic version, which is being developed by Apple, Samsung and Qualcomm, catches small details of the skin. While yields are lower and the parts more expensive, ultrasonic biometric readers are said to be much more accurate than the optical variety. There also is a third technique using capacitive technology that detects changes in electrical patterns to match fingerprints.

Samsung, as you've read right here on PhoneArena, has apparently decided to scrap the idea of using an in-display fingerprint scanner for this year's Samsung Galaxy Note 9. Instead, the new goal is to include the feature on the tenth anniversary Samsung Galaxy S10. Unlike the other manufacturers who are sourcing components for their in-display scanners, Samsung is keeping all of the technology in-house. That's because the company sees the ultrasonic biometric reader being used on many more products than just the smartphone. Samsung expects to see the scanner used in the future on cars and home appliances. Imagine starting your car with a touch of your finger.

KTB Investment & Securities expects 100 million in-display fingerprint sensors to be shipped next year, rising to 210 million units delivered during the following year. As far as Apple is concerned, we probably won't see an iPhone carry a fingerprint scanner under its display until next year at the earliest.

source: Chosun (translated) via MSPoweruser



1. lmao2016

Posts: 87; Member since: Mar 17, 2016

Well if Qualcomm is involved then I'm sure other Android manufacturer will get to use the tech.

8. shaineql

Posts: 522; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

They alredy do.

36. sgodsell

Posts: 7567; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Qualcomm first showed off an ultrasonic finger print scanner back in 2016. It would even work through thin metal skin, or a display. Then in 2017, it was scanning even faster, used less energy, and you could even wear thin gloves. I can't wait for this technology to be implemented.

42. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Mi5S (2016) is the 1st one that use qualcomm's ultrasonic FPscanner, they place it under glass in home button. Vivo make prorotype of under-metal FPscanner

11. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

The article makes it seem like they're working together but they all 3 have independent research into it. The furthest ahead is QC since they have demoed the tech but no one will implement it because of cost and so we have to wait for Apple and Samsung to do it before the rest have the gun to their head to do so.

49. Phullofphil

Posts: 1829; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

Samsung, Apple and Qualcomm working together? I am sure for a price it will be used by all. Now what’s left is to put all sensors behind screen in front and everybody will be happy. Real all screen no bezel phone

2. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1849; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

Of course Apple is outsourcing.. They're not a tech company... They're a company that buy's tech...

13. apple-rulz

Posts: 2198; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

Yes because Samsung doesn’t buy tech. Oh wait.... Samsung’s OS-Google Android Samsung Pay-Loop Pay Milk Music-Slacker Infinity Display-Toppan FPD S Pen-Wacom Samsung’s chips-SEMATECH and numerous merchant semiconductor shops Bixby-Viv Labs

20. BuffaloSouce unregistered

You forgot Harmon Kardon

23. Klinton

Posts: 1409; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

S-Pen,- though based on Wacom technology is CLEAR Samsung's innovation : No battery and embedded. That's why no other OEM can make Note-like devices yet. If not pay huge to Samsung. BTW Samsung don't pay for Anroid, but Google pay Samsung for the best features for Android(split-screen and many others) Also it was Samsung, that helped Qualcomm to fix the heating problem.

31. apple-rulz

Posts: 2198; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

S pen IS Wacom technology. Also yes, Samsung does have to pay for Google Services. That’s why Tizen is used only on low end devices, because those devices don’t cost enough to help Samsung recoup the costs.

34. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

Split-screen brought by LG G2 you mean?

38. tedkord

Posts: 17463; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

They don't buy Android.

3. haruken

Posts: 308; Member since: Nov 06, 2013

But Apple fanboys told me faceID was the future and only lesser android devices needed in display fingerprint 'insert reason'...

4. Furbal unregistered

Faceid is a damn good 'other' method but should have never been the primary.

7. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

See them saying the opposite now.

43. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Licking their own spit is like a breakfast for them... What did you expect? - 3.5 inch is the sweet spot - a few years later, 4 inch is the sweet spot - now, ... - 2014, iOS doesnt need more than 1GB of RAM because it's so efficient - 2016, iOS doesnt need more than 2GB of RAM because it's so efficient - 2017, iOS doesnt need more than 3GB of RAM because it's so efficient - wireless charger is just a gimmick - LCD is better than oversaturated and easily burned-in AMOLED and the list goes on...

18. Joosty

Posts: 490; Member since: Mar 14, 2013

It will be better than any android offer. Bet.

41. tedkord

Posts: 17463; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Not based on the past 5 years.

22. gamehead unregistered

So this feature will probably miss the next iPhone. Smh

26. Nimbus

Posts: 442; Member since: Apr 02, 2018

Well it was already certain in leaks before.You didn't believe it.

24. lyndon420

Posts: 6876; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

They want your personal information...just can't seem to nail down our privacy with OEM's pulling stunts like this...

27. Nimbus

Posts: 442; Member since: Apr 02, 2018

It's not a hue privacy invasion if u got a problem with it then switch to glass capacitive fingerprints scanner which is currently available(correct me if i'm wrong what I call it) as of now there is no smartphone without a fingerprint scanner.U got to move ahead with technology growth at some point just can't escape.

28. Nimbus

Posts: 442; Member since: Apr 02, 2018

I'm excited reading this but will ultrasonic,capactive fingerprints scanner will be implemented across all range of smartphones rather than only on flagship devices.I'm more concern about it i don't want slow or half baked inscreen fingerprint feature on any midrange smartphones next year whether it even be optical one.Qualcomm should make it cheaply accessible to every OEM those who don't have one and want one on their all devices.JDI should implement one too.

29. S4NDY

Posts: 265; Member since: Mar 14, 2016

hmm very interesting. huawei release P20 pro and first triple cam phone. after that Apple rumors are developing triple cam in 2019 iphone honor release honor 10 with ultrasonic fingerprint reader after that rumors tell Apple too developing it in future iPhone model so Apple copy huawei again.

30. Ciro1900

Posts: 591; Member since: Dec 17, 2017

Samsung can copy it later

40. tedkord

Posts: 17463; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

They'll have to wait for Apple to finish copying it from Qualcomm (announced almost a year ago, already demoed) . I wonder if this is one of those neat maneuvers Apple pulls where they pretend to be interested in licensing the tech, ask for a sample, then pull out from talks and "invent" it themselves?

46. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

Sony’s market is still falling. ;)

33. CandyBar

Posts: 43; Member since: Dec 08, 2017

Once you can do too much with your finger - someone will cut it off of you - this won't end well.

37. darkkjedii

Posts: 31594; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Apple should hire Dr. Wu from Jurassic World/Park...he’ll cook up some features for your ass.

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