According to a report, future iPhones will sport virtual home buttons and on-screen fingerprint scanners.
The news comes to us courtesy of DigiTimes. It reports:
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.
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 in-house developed CPUs for its products. The likely expansion of its in-house design business will have a significant impact on the global semiconductor industry landscape, the sources indicated.
The worldwide semiconductor industry is undergoing a new wave of consolidation. Since 2015, several big mergers and acquisitions have been announced, including Avago’s planned acquisition of Broadcom, a major Apple supplier.
It was not mentioned if this technology will be on board the Apple iPhone 6S or the Apple iPhone 6S Plus.
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