Rumor: TSMC to start churning out Touch IDs for the next iPhone this summer

By , Jan 14, 2014

Activator + Touch ID

According to industry sources, Apple has seemingly commissioned Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) to build Touch ID fingerprint sensors for a next-generation iPhone, dubbed by the press the iPhone 6.

The manufacture of the sensors should start in the second quarter of 2014 at TSMC’s twelve-inch fab, using the company’s 65-nanometer process, according to a report the Asian industry publication DigiTimes filed on Tuesday…

DigiTimes also reiterated that TSMC is gearing up to produce Apple-designed processors for iOS devices, matching up with annual rumors that have traditionally called for TSMC landing orders for Apple’s A-series of chips.

Meanwhile, TSMC will also begin to produce application processors for Apple soon using a 20nm process, said the sources, noting that the production of APs will be ramped up significantly starting the third quarter.

The report mentions that TSMC has thus far been producing Touch ID sensors for the iPhone 5s at its eight-inch fabs.

If the story is accurate, the rumored larger-screen iPhones won’t be released before the summer as DigiTimes previously reported. In other words, should TSMC really start production of the next-generation Touch IDs in the second quarter of 2014, then a Fall launch for the new iPhone(s) is very likely.

Since the October 2011 release of the iPhone 4s, Apple’s been releasing new iPhone models in the Fall, a break from its previous summer refresh pattern for the handset.

Touch ID Home button

 

In other iPhone news, DigiTimes Research forecasts iPhone sales to increase significantly as global smartphone shipments are estimated to top 1.24 billion units in 2014, with Apple expected to have the greatest growth potential of all vendors.

According to DigiTimes Research:

Apple may see its shipments double in 2014 largely due to increased shipments to China and Japan as it will benefit from its cooperation with the largest telecom operators in the two countries.

They also estimated that the growth rate for Samsung “will be limited in 2014 as its sales in the US, China and Japan will be depressed by growing popularity of iPhones”.

This may have something to do with a massive iPhone 5s launch on China Mobile: according to The Wall Street Journal, Foxconn has shipped about 1.4 million iPhone 5s units to China Mobile ahead of the impending launch this coming Friday.

Back to Touch ID.

Jailbroken users can take advantage of a growing number of Touch ID related tweaks that expand on the fingerprint reader’s stock functionality. For example, tweaks exist to use Activator with Touch IDsecure appslaunch apps with specific fingers and save 1Password’s master password to the system keychain, to mention but a few.

Here’s the Touchy tweak in action.

Apple’s Touch ID implementation on the iPhone 5s is currently limited to device unlocking and approving iTunes purchases. Apple has not indicated whether it will allow its registered developers to access Touch ID functionality by way of dedicated APIs.

Just out of curiosity, are you using Touch ID much on your iPhone 5s these days? Or is it a bit like Siri, where usage patterns dropped once the novelty of conversing with your handset wore off?

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  • 4p0c4lyps3

    I hope this is good news. TouchID is one of the greatest innovations to the iPhone, especially to a jailbroken one employing VirtualHome.

  • trippster

    I use touch id all the time. its safe and a time saver

  • Likii111

    Mine not working :(

    • AndroidDogHeatandSteelersFan

      what do you mean? explain more?

      • Likii111

        when i want to add a finger print it says “operation was not successful”

      • AndroidDogHeatandSteelersFan

        take into apple store to see if they can help you. or try a restore and see if its a glitch? make sure you back it up first.

      • Likii111

        there’s no Apple Store in my Country, i tried Restore and everything else but not worikng, it looks like Hardware problem :(

      • AndroidDogHeatandSteelersFan

        Did this happen before jailbreak or after jailbroken? Are your fingers dirty? Sorry if I’m asking stupid questions. Is it humid? When apple store is not around, i choose to ship it back to the nearest location they say they can help me with via the website because it still has warranty. maybe that can help.

    • Gucciipad

      Mine works all the time.

  • sambuzzlight

    VirtualHome is like a dream come true.. only reason i liked my friend’s android phones…. was wondering if using the Touch ID that much wears down the sensor or something.

  • Snailpo

    I use mine all the time

  • Anonomous.TECH.man

    Htc one max had a horrible implement on fingerprint scanning. I wounder how iris or whatever on the s5 will be

  • Joseph A. Ahmad

    I find Siri to be novel but it’s still cool, it will only get better. But Touch ID on the other hand, is extremely convenient if you password protect your phone, especially since I wake my phone by clicking the home button; just leaving your thumb there are you click the home button equates into sheer quickness!