iPhone 6 Fingerprint Sensor Production Set to Gear Up in Q2 with Increased Efficiency

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple's iPhone fingerprint sensor supplier TSMC is preparing to begin production on sensors for the iPhone 6 in the second quarter of this year, according to a report from Digitimes. The report claims that TSMC will be shifting to a larger 12-inch fab from the current 8-inch fab, a move that should increase production efficiency. TSMC will also handle the packaging process for the sensors itself rather than contracting out to other firms, centralizing control over the component.
    The Touch ID fingerprint sensor was reported to be the primary factor contributing to very tight supplies of the iPhone 5s at its launch last September, with low yield rates at packaging firm Xintec and iOS 7-sensor integration slowing production. With several of those issues now ironed out and TSMC able to get an earlier start on sensor production for the next-generation iPhone, that bottleneck on launch supplies appears likely to be solved.

    Article Link: iPhone 6 Fingerprint Sensor Production Set to Gear Up in Q2 with Increased Efficiency
  2. macrumors 65816


    Jun 3, 2009
    SF Bay Area
    Hopefully it works better in cold environments than TouchID on the 5s.
  3. macrumors 6502a


    Apr 30, 2008
    I've turned mine off. It has been more annoying than helpful for me.
  4. macrumors 6502a

    May 27, 2008
    Oslo, Norway
    Hopefully they can make enough to include them on the next ipad.
  5. macrumors member

    Aug 10, 2012
    Kuala Lumpur

    does this means it's finally coming to iPad?
  6. macrumors regular


    Mar 26, 2011
    San Jose, CA
    Alright Apple, let's get those fingerprint sensors on the new iPads, and if you really love us then add profiles to the iPad as well!
  7. macrumors 601


    Jun 26, 2009
    long island NY
    I personally love the touch id sensor on my 5S, i hope iOS 8 takes advantage of it more. I also wonder if they will double the DPI on the next gen version.
  8. macrumors 68000


    Jan 30, 2008
    Apple do seem to be shipping more features out which end up not working particularly well.

    All companies do that but Apple didn't used to this much (in my head at least).
  9. macrumors 68000


    Feb 11, 2012
    Florida, USA
    So much for doubling down on secrecy. Now we know the iPhone 6 will have a fingerprint sensor.


    It's probably easier to ramp up production early when you aren't trying to keep a new feature under wraps from your customers and competitors.

    I'm on a 2-year cycle with my iPhone upgrades, so I skipped the iPhone 5S. I'm really looking forward to the iPhone 6.
  10. macrumors 6502a

    Apr 20, 2008
    I didn't associate the cold with my Touch ID not working so well -- glad you said that, it makes sense that I've had some issues when using it outside. I hope it is improved as well.
  11. macrumors 68000


    Oct 2, 2007
    I find mine works well more than 75% of the time. there are instances where after several tries i give up and punch in my password.

    But it is nice to mostly be able to press/hold and view the last open thing.

    I do agree that cold weather hands don't work too well.
  12. AngerDanger, Jan 14, 2014
    Last edited: Jan 14, 2014

    macrumors 68020


    Dec 9, 2008
  13. macrumors 68040

    May 29, 2003
    That is the first thing I thought of.
  14. lolkthxbai, Jan 14, 2014
    Last edited: Jan 14, 2014

    macrumors 6502a


    May 7, 2011
    Introducing... The iPad Air with Touch ID.

    Available March 2014

    Wait, what...? Again!?
  15. macrumors member

    Feb 16, 2011
    Apple is just like Microsoft in proving names don't have to make sense in product context.

    intriguingly this is the third year the media has called the new model the iphone 6.

    1. *2G
    2. 3G
    3. 3GS
    4. 4
    5. 4S
    6. 5/5C
    7. 5S
    8. 6?

    In the same way, Windows 8 is no less than the 10th consumer release for Windows
    1. 1.0
    2. 2.0
    3. 3.0/3.1
    4. 95
    5. 98/98 SE
    6. ME
    7. XP
    8. Vista
    9. 7
    10. 8/8.1
    11. 9?
  16. macrumors G3


    Feb 10, 2011
    Neither of them must be math wizards. :D:D
  17. Guest

    Sky Blue

    Jan 8, 2005
  18. macrumors 68000

    Oct 21, 2009
    Lets just get rid of the home button all together and make the display larger.
  19. macrumors 6502a

    Jan 27, 2005
    I'm going to have to disagree with you. Not saying that you haven't had issues in the cold.. but from your profile you in SF Bay... I live in Minnesota, where we just had wind chills of 60 below the other week. So from my experience in the cold, I didn't notice any. Granted, the only time I actually had my gloves off was when I had to work on my car in a garage with a not working heater.. so it was still pretty stink'n cold. I had to go inside every 10-15 to warm up. Anyways, didn't have any issues then. Guess millage may vary but yes, it does, I should actually say CAN, work in the cold.
  20. macrumors 68040


    Nov 2, 2007
    Los Angeles
    I only keep mine on for App store purchases. As an unlock it's not any faster than me typing in 4 digits due to the 15% failure rate I get and the extra second I need to hold my finger down on the sensor.
  21. macrumors 68000

    Apr 24, 2006
    There's two basic reasons why cold might have this effect:
    1. Lower temperatures means decreased blood flow to the extremities, which changes the capacitance of your finger tips, and thus your finger print.
    2. You're wearing gloves. :eek: :D
    One of them is easy to solve. :p
  22. macrumors 68040


    Nov 2, 2007
    Los Angeles
    terrible idea unless they steal LG's double tap to wake feature.
  23. macrumors G5


    Nov 14, 2011
  24. macrumors 6502a


    Mar 23, 2011
    Leeds, UK
    Mine works close to a hundred percent of the time, but I haven't used it outside in the cold much. It is the deciding factor on when I upgrade my iPad (that and I'll have to try out the larger model).
  25. macrumors regular

    Jan 15, 2010

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