Qualcomm's new sensor will let your phone scan two fingerprints at once

2020 iPhone Rumored to Have Under-Display Ultrasonic Fingerprint Scanner Supplied by Qualcomm

The new scanner is not only bigger but also more secure in nature.

Today, Qualcomm has announced the 3D Sonic Max fingerprint sensor, which is the successor of the 3D Sonic In-display fingerprint sensor it launched a year ago. The new dual-fingerprint authentication system will introduce a new layer of security that could practically be used by banking apps, for example.

That particular sensor gained notoriety due to several issues, including a security flaw that meant users with a cheap screen protector were able to unlock a device using anyone's fingerprints.

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Qualcomm says the new sensor is 17 times bigger with a size of 20mm x 30mm. The sensor is now big enough to cover nearly the entirety of the bottom half of a smartphone's display. This makes the 3D Sonic Max the world's largest fingerprint sensor and also the first in the world to enable two-finger authentication.

Apple has arranged for a representative to meet with Taiwanese touchscreen manufacturer GIS next week to discuss development of an iPhone with an under-display fingerprint scanner for release as early as next year, according to a pair ofreports from the Economic Daily News.

While having double the fingerprints is sweet for a lockscreen, one major convenience change is the 3D Sonic Max allowing for just a single tap on the large sensor to register your finger - no more multiple taps to get all the nooks and crannies of your fingerprint. Qualcomm's ultrasonic fingerprint scanner has been panned for being slow and so it is disappointing to see the company not fix this issue on the second generation of the sensor.

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