According to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the Touch ID should be present on all Apple devices that come out this year, including the iPhone 6, Air iPad 2 and the iPad Mini 3.
“Apple’s Touch ID module should see shipments soar 233% in 2014. We believe every new iOS device launched this year will be equipped with Touch ID, including 4.7” and 5.5” new iPhone 6, iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 2 with Retina display. Considering shipments of new products and iPhone 5S sales last longer than in 2013, we forecast unit sales of the fingerprint sensor module to grow 233% to 120mn for 2014,” Kuo says.
He also noted that Apple could change the design of the Touch ID and would use tin instead of the previously used materials in order to increase durability.
“We think Apple will opt for tin, versus previously used chemicals, for Touch ID module packaging of new iOS devices in order to boost durability,” he said. “That is, it should procure Japan Unix’s laser welding equipment for packaging.”
Earlier this month, TSMC provided the first batch of fingerprint sensors for the iPhone 6, iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3.
Apple will reportedly work with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), Xintec and Suzhou Crystal Semiconductor to produce fingerprint sensors.