Apple Adds LG Innotek As Major Face ID Partner, Sources Believe All Three Of H2 iPhones Will Carry True Depth Sensors

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Feb 7, 2018
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Now that ASP’s up, Apple will return to distributing important upgrades to a complete gadget lineup. Prior to September’s iPhone X, devices remained consistent. As the war for iPad’s Face ID wages on, more news from the supply chain has come to light. Apple has increased its supply of True Depth sensors, and will now proceed to equip all three of 2019’s September iPhones with Face ID. Where does that leave fingerprint recognition? Read on to find out.

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We had a rather ‘interesting’ report for next year’s iPhone released by Forbes magazine yesterday. It cited a prototype for next year’s iPhone, based on market research, featuring virtual fingerprint recognition. Now, the South Korean press claims that LG will become one of Apple’s three primary manufacturers for True Depth sensors. This will increase the amount of components available to equip all three of this year’s September iPhones with Face ID.

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This falls in line with an earlier report from KGI’s Ming-Chi Kuo. Mr. Kuo claimed in a note that out of the three (two OLED, one LCD) iPhones this year, Apple will concentrate manufacturing on the latter. Cupertino believes that the device will outsell both of the current iPhone X’s successors. As Apple’s primary problem remains display, common functionality across a gadget lineup will return. These shifts aren’t surprising. We’ve heard speculation that the company’s long-term plans include mLED panels, after OLED.

Foxconn’s Sharp acquisition will play an important role here, when the panels materialize. Apple’s plan for this year is to move away from OLED. Add this to recent disclosures about the 2017 iPhone lineup’s battery hardware, and suddenly power benefits offered by the display tech do not look that significant. Discounting the fact that an OLED display is simply better, Apple will launch its largest iPhone to date, the 6.1″ iPhone 9*.

This falls in line with Samsung’s gadget portfolio, with the Note lineup’s larger screen having adequate competition. If this smartphone features improved camera capabilities, then Apple just might increase switchers. Having old users using outdated iPhones is one thing, but breaking away more chunks of Android’s top-tier firms balances perfectly with recent ASP hikes. Thoughts? Let us know what you think in the comments section below and stay tuned. We’ll keep you updated on the latest.

Source: ET News

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