Apple Plans To Eliminate Home Button On iOS Devices, Integrate Touch ID Inside iPhone’s Display

If you believe in Apple seeking to develop an in-house single-ship solution for integrating both the touchscreen and display drivers for mobile devices onto one chip, then you have to read this report, comes from Taiwanese site DigiTimes. Actually, the basic hardware design pattern of the iPhone has remained unchanged since 2007. While the current-generation iPhone is visually miles ahead from the original, but the stock makeup of the hardware carries all the general pieces of the debuting device – such as the volume, sleep / wake, Home Button, albiet different location. What changes you, we are going to see in the future iPhones can be found right after this jump.


Reports suggests that Apple is internally working on a number of future iPhone designs that would see the iconic Home button being removed for good. Internally working on developing technology and design methodologies that will see it capable of away with the phisical Home button on any upcoming iPhone. Rumored internal workout of touch and display driver integration chip (TDDI)will allow Apple to free up space used by the Home button by integrating its Touch D fingerprint sensor into what would ultimately be a full device-length display.

The fact that it will allow Apple to build smartphones with extremely thin and narrow displays that affords a lot more flexibility when it comes to actually designing the next-gen iPhones, potentially allowing Apple to do away with the iconic home button.

While the integrated design would fit into the future generation iPhone models with ultra-thin and ultra-narrow displays, and essentially with a whole plane design eliminating the Home button.

Apple is internally developing touch and display driver integration (TDDI) single-chip solutions for its iPhones, according to sources in Taiwan’s IC design industry.

The TDDI single-chip solutions will also come with integrated fingerprint sensors, said the sources. The integrated design would fit into future iPhone designs – models with ultra-thin and ultra-narrow displays, and with a whole plane design eliminating the Home button.

TDDI is of course a new and advanced technology used in the industry, with Synaptics introducing the first such solution earlier this year, and nevertheless created its new TDDI chips by leveraging its recent acquisition of chipmarker Rensesas SP Drivers, combining Synaptics’ touch technology chipset with Renesas’ display tech. Reportedly that Apple is explored acquiring Renesas SP Drivers last year but couldn’t lead to a deal, failed.


The source suggests Apple’s solution could eliminate the traditional IOS device home button. Presumably by interating its functionality into the iPhone’s screen. Planning to develop its own future technology of this type could have a serious impact on the global semiconductor industry, in a similar fashion how the Cupertino company started to develop its own CPUs for use within its range of mobile devices.

If the oft-mentioned story lies in between, could allow future iPhones to see increased display sizes with edge-to-edge screens or smaller form factors with the same 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch displays seen on today’s models. It’s worth taking them with a pinch of salt, until or unless more proof arises in the near future.

Do you think an ultra-thin iPhone with fingerprint detection integrated into the display, imminent? Sign us up for that later on.

(Source: Digitimes)

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