IPhone 8: Apple Inc. Wins Patent For In-Display Fingerprint Sensor

The iPhone 8 will also allegedly feature a bezel-less display, no home button, a very much improved 3D Touch, water and dust resistance, and wireless charging capabilities.

The general expectation is that the company plans to release all three models this fall.

Apple has selected neither Synaptics' Natural ID touch fingerprint sensor nor Qualcomm's Sense ID fingerprint technology for its new OLED iPhones, and chose to use its own Authentec algorithm combined with Privaris glass identification technology to redesign a new fingerprint ID solution, according to industry sources.

What's interesting is that Apple purchased almost the entirety of Privaris' patent portfolio between December 2012 and October 2014, per CNN. Also, several reports suggest that the upcoming Apple phone will use a new type of screen tech that is more commonly known as OLED. Digitimes says that an Apple-custom fingerprint sensor is much more hard to manufacture.

What does this mean for Apple and the OLED iPhone?

The September mass production date should be taken with some skepticism.

IPhone 8: Apple Inc. Wins Patent For In-Display Fingerprint Sensor

Digitimes says these devices will go into mass production in July, which is about when we would normally expect a new iPhone to ramp in the supply chain for a September launch. However, it would be new feature for the iPhone 8 if rumors are true.

Now, there are two courses of action that come to mind here. Therefore, the implication is the iPhone 8 may not be available alongside the "iPhone 7s".

As Apple usually announces its latest iPhone in September, it is believed that the iPhone 8 (or the iPhone X) will be launched in the same month later this year and is expected to carry a price tag of, at least, $1,000.

As reviews and experts claim, OLED displays better color than the LCD screens that Apple have used since its first iPhone was released.

The OLED iPhone is likely to be significantly more expensive than the regular models. This chart from Statista tells the story: While the two are neck-and-neck when it comes to overall unit sales, Apple now makes roughly twice as much revenue from mobile devices.

But, if it's true, it'll be a bummer for some Apple customers and could potentially push out when Apple begins to enjoy the financial benefits of the next-generation iPhone cycle.

  • Arturo Norris