I don’t know exactly when this happened, but fingerprint sensors are definitely in fashion. In fact, there’s a wild race among phone companies to not only produce the first foldable, flexible smartphone but for becoming the first brand who will bring phones with fingerprint sensors embedded in the screens. So you thought the pioneer would be Apple with its next iPhone? Nothing is assured anymore.
So a few hours ago it has been leaked this short video of the next Vivo smartphone, which if true, it could mean the Chinese company of the BBK Electronics group would have achieved the goal: fingerprint unlocks feature included in the touch screen. It’s just Android adding fuel to the fire this time!
The video is very concise and only shows how someone places his finger on a fingerprint sign to access the terminal. Consecutively, the person flips over the smartphone to show there’s no sensor on the back. If farce, nobody knows. The launching of the handset is planned for next June 28 according to GSMArena, so that shortly we’ll be able to confirm it, though.
Anyways, isn’t it nice to see the technology is in itself there? Just a video evidence that joins to the 56 already existing Apple patents concerning the Touch ID, the name with which the company of the bitten fruit baptized its fingerprint solution. However, for Apple, the challenge goes beyond nothing simple development of the technology.
Why Apple is taking too long on launching the next iPhone
If Apple has been the game changer on the field so far, at least in the patent, and also the company is evidently working in producing a device with a considerable reduction of the frames, which makes it perfect for applying all the known theory over the next iPhone, what’s stopping them?
Creating a single iPhone may be a relatively simple task, but doing it with tens of millions of units is another story. Indeed, such a radical change in the iPhone involves changing the entire manufacturing structure and value chain for Apple.
Manufacturing processes must also be adapted to these new components. For example, once the fingerprint technology is attached to the Apple’s phone screens, can a broken one be easily changed at an Apple Store or authorized reseller?
On the other hand, having in mind that only in the last quarter of 2016 Apple sold more than 78 million of iPhones (although not all of the family’s last generation) the number give us a hint of how many units must be produced for release. In a nutshell, no matter how complex adding the fingerprint sensor to the iPhone screens would be, the responsible supplier or suppliers must be able to manufacture millions in a relatively short period of time.
So the truth is, it’s a real challenge to build a million copies of such a groundbreaking and different device that follows up a big family of 10-years-old growing.
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In any case, if Apple is taking its time, we can be sure they won’t take the easy path: fingerprint sensors on the iPhone’s back. There are countless disadvantages as the impossibility of unlocking the mobile while laid upon a surface, for not mentioning that Samsung already included it that way on its Galaxy S8, so that Apple would not be innovating at all.
Finally, we will just have to wait and see. And I mean not only to the next iPhone since the fingerprint stuff is getting really popular in diverse, unexpected ways. Microsoft is about to launch an awesome keyboard with a special button reserved for the fingerprint skill, thereby at any time, it won’t be a surprise to start unlocking cars that way, just in the best tradition of an old action film starred by James Bond 007.