As the iPhone 6 heads into production, the parts and details keep coming. This time, we’re seeing what’s said to be a new Touch ID hardware part. Though it looks similar to the older one, the tipster claims it’s more durable, which could have some residual benefits.
The sensor is said to be straight from Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), which is a known Touch ID vendor for Apple. The new hardware looks the same at first glance, but as MacRumors aptly points out, it’s got newer contact points which align with the rear case specs we’ve seen leak out.
The durability issue has been previously floated, wherein we find that Apple has been working with tin to make Touch ID more durable. That could mean the home button is also more durable — a main point of concern when it comes to iOS hardware. Touch ID was believed to be a big reason the iPhone 5S was limited on launch, so it will be interesting to see if TSMC has worked out the kinks this time around.
This new Touch ID sensor could also make its way to the iPad refresh this Fall, where Apple is believed to have a new 12.9-inch version as well as updated iPad Air and mini variants. So far, the iPhone 6 is said to come with either 4.7 or 5.5-inch screen sizes, and Touch ID is likely to be on both.
Via: Mac Rumors