Ming-Chi Kuo, an analyst at KGI Securities has published a new note to investors in which he predicts that Apple is working on a new version of the Touch ID sensor, MacRumors reports.
The improved module is expected to be less prone to errors and also safer than the current model.
The bettered detection of fingerprints is intended to primarily benefit the use of Apple Pay.
“We think the new iPhone,expected to launch in 3Q15, will be equipped with an upgraded Touch ID module, with which Apple (US) intends to offer a better and safer Apple Pay user experience with reduced reading errors. We therefore raise our 2015F shipments of Touch ID module by 12.4% to 262mn sets, boosted by Apple Pay and new iPhone models,” Kuo wrote.
In addition, the analyst shared his forecast for 2015 regarding the Touch ID sensors installed in the iPhone 6s. For the current year, he expects 262 million devices to be equipped with the new scanner.
Kuo believes that the upgraded sensor will “require more advanced precision for the module’s laser welding process.”
Finally, despite the emergence of patent describing a built-in display fingerprint sensor, Kuo does not expect Apple to implement this feature in the next iPhone.