Apple reduces Face ID sensor size by 50%

The iPhone 13 should have a smaller notch than the iPhone 12 and previous iPhones. To cut back on the notch, Apple would have managed to halve the size of the TrueDepth sensor necessary for the operation of Face ID facial recognition.

In recent months, many rumors and leaks have come to announce the arrival of a thinner notch on the iPhone 13. After several years of recycling the same notch, much larger than in the Android competition, Apple has found the way to refine the design to provide a more generous display area. A stolen photo of an iPhone 13 has also confirmed Apple’s intentions.

To succeed in reducing the notch, the Cupertino giant would first have reviewed the layout of the different elements that make it up. Apple now places the speaker above the TrueDepth sensors, in the top border, rather than in the center of the notch.

A face ID sensor of reduced size on future iPads

Citing supply chain sources, Digitimes says Apple has also miniaturized an essential component of Face ID : the VCSEL (Vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser) sensor. This sensor would be 50% smaller than that present on the iPhone 12. This sensor, present since the iPhone X, makes it possible to digitize the distinctive elements of the user’s face by projecting light points.

The icing on the cake, this change in internal design would also allow Apple to reduce production cost of its future iPhone 13. Still according to Digitimes sources, the future iPad, which will be announced by the end of the year, will also ship this face ID sensor of reduced size. A new generation of iPad, with Face ID rather than Touch ID, is therefore in the boxes of the brand.

On the same topic: The iPhone 13 will be slightly thicker and have bigger photo modules

For the record, the iPhone 13 are not expected before September 2021. Smartphones will enter in mass production during July. Until then, it is still possible that Apple will change its mind and postpone some new things until next year. We’ll tell you more about the iPhone 13 as soon as possible. While waiting for more information, feel free to give your opinion in the comments below.

Source: Digitimes

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