"We think the new iPhone,expected to launch in 3Q15, will be equipped with an upgraded Touch ID module, with which Apple (US) intends to offer a better and safer Apple Pay user experience with reduced reading errors. We therefore raise our 2015F shipments of Touch ID module by 12.4% to 262mn sets, boosted by Apple Pay and new iPhone models."
Kuo expects suppliers to increase production of the new Touch ID module with shipments rising by 77% to over 260 million units in Q2. The analyst also noted that that the module will "require more advanced precision for the module’s laser welding process." Sunnic and ASE Kuo are said to be the two main suppliers alongside TSMC.
As expected, Kuo predicts Apple will release its next generation smartphone in the third quarter of this year. Kuo also downplayed rumors that Touch ID would be embedded into its display, citing that the need for sapphire crystal displays and complex algorithms. It will likely be a while before such technology is ready for market, said the analyst.