Apple Making Face ID Sensor Chip Smaller on Upcoming iPhones and iPads

Apple is intending to use a significantly smaller Face ID sensor chip in iPhones and iPads from late this year onwards, according to DigiTimes.

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Apple has reportedly chosen to scale down the die size of the VCSEL chips used in Face ID's scanner. The move will help Apple cut production costs since more chips can be produced on one wafer, reducing total wafer output.

The redesigned VCSEL chip may allow Apple to integrate new functions into the component, but DigiTimes did not speculate on what these could include. The change may also free up internal space.

The smaller Face ID chip will apparently be used in new iPhone and iPad devices released from late 2021 onwards. The first devices to feature the new chip will presumably be the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro, as well as the next generation of iPad Pro models.

DigiTimes previously said the notch on the ‌iPhone 13‌ models will "shrink" in size, becoming smaller thanks to a redesigned camera module that integrates the Rx, Tx, and flood illuminator to allow for the size reduction. Barclays analysts have similarly explained that a smaller notch on ‌iPhone 13‌ models will be the result of a "more tightly integrated version of the current structured light system" for Face ID. It is not clear if the smaller, more consolidated Face ID technologies in the ‌iPhone 13‌ are related to this smaller VCSEL chip.

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Top Rated Comments

profets Avatar
9 months ago
Let's hope we see it in Macs soon too.
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
MrGimper Avatar
9 months ago
And of course, those cost savings will be passed on to the consumer

/s
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
WWPD Avatar
9 months ago

Would Steve Jobs green lighted the notch from day one on the iPhone X?


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Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
AirunJae Avatar
9 months ago

i think i'm going to miss the notch when it's completely gone...
I've never really understood all the loathing of the notch, it mostly blends in during use for me. Once it's gone, iPhones will just look like all the other notch-less screens.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Michael Scrip Avatar
9 months ago
That Tiger Woods-lookin' guy always creeps me out...

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Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
wesley96 Avatar
9 months ago

I wonder why they even bother. That one or two mm won't make any kind of difference. If they were getting rid of it completely, now THAT would be another story. But yea making it thinner to gain like 20 pixels of screen real estate. Erm okay.
From the article:

The move will help Apple cut production costs since more chips can be produced on one wafer, reducing total wafer output.
I’d wager that alone will give Apple the reason to bother pursuing it.

Also, it’s a process and progress thing as well. To get to the no-notch FaceID design it’s easier if you iteratively go for smaller designs first. And make money along the way.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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