DigiTimes is reporting today that Apple are working on significantly reducing the size of the Face ID components for upcoming iPhone and iPad Pro models. DigiTimes also estimates that these new, smaller sensors will be used in new devices from late this year onwards.
By reducing the size of the VCSEL components, it means that Apple can produce more sensors per wafer. This also lowers production costs of the components. Additionally, DigiTimes says that the reduction in sensor size allows Apple to implement new features into the sensors, although they didn’t elaborate on what these new features might entail.
The smaller Face ID components are expected to be used mainly in the upcoming iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro, with it likely arriving to the next generation of iPad Pro later. It is currently unknown if the smaller components will result in a overall smaller notch on the iPhone 13.
The iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro are expected to be announced this September. Recent reports have suggested that Apple is currently on track production-wise and these devices should be releasing on the regular schedule.