Thursday, January 19, 2017

Rumor: iPhone X to Feature Gesture Recognition, Optical Fingerprint Sensor

Mashable, Apple Insider, and Business Insider quote Cowen and Company analyst Timothy Arcuri claiming that Apple iPhone X, to be released this fall, is "to include some form of facial/gesture recognition supported by a new laser sensor and an infrared sensor mounted near the front-facing camera."

The iPhone X is said to feature a fingerprint sensor hidden under the OLED screen. "Apple may switch to Synaptec's optical-based fingerprint reader for the new Touch ID sensor, citing it as "currently the only workable solution" for detecting a fingerprint through a smartphone screen."

Just released Yole Developpement report "Fingerprint Sensor Applications and Technologies – Consumer Market Focus" too points to the optical sensing as one of contenders for under the screen fingreprint devices:

Thanks to AM for the link!


  1. How does this relate to camera image sensors? No offense. Everyone seems to be covering all these Apple rumours. I come here to find out about image sensor technology.

    1. 1. Optical fingerprint ID might become a new mass market application for image sensors.

      2. The gesture and face recognition might or might not involve a 3D camera. If it does, it might spur a mass adoption of 3D cameras in smartphones. After 20+ years of investment, 3D depth imagers might become a mass market device.

    2. To UNKNOWN : you visit this website without registration, without contribution, without any obligation, just to collect information. In that case you have NO RIGHTS to complain and/or to ask for justification why this Apple rumour is published on this blog. If you had more knowledge about imagers you should have known better.
      To Vladimir : thanks for your great, great work to keep this blog up to date ! VERY MUCH APPRECIATED !!

  2. I think I understand where Unknown is coming from. Vladimir has done such an excellent job of keeping us up to date with all the interesting new developments around image sensors that we have come to 'expect' a certain standard from him! Still, Anonymous, you are absolutely correct in saying that we do not have the right to start demanding justifications but I dont think Unknown intended to cause any kind of offense. At least thats not how I interpret his comments.

  3. I would also like to say thank you for this great website. Thank you!

  4. Number one source to stay up to date! Thank you.

  5. Vlad's reporting of this rumor, not so much of a secret, absolutely does relate to image sensors. What I've heard from a few sources is that this user facing 3D sensor will be based on Primesense technology, which has been under efforts to be shrunk and re-engineered for low power, small form factor mobile integration.


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