Apple spurs massive growth in smartphone fingerprint sensor market: IHS

8th November 2013 | By Mouseworld Now Correspondent |

Apple-logoNew Delhi, India, November 8, 2013: As it has done so often before, Apple Inc. is triggering a new technology boom, with its integration of a fingerprint sensor on the iPhone 5s inspiring a wave of imitators that will drive the market for fingerprint-enabled smartphones to soar in the coming years.

A total of 525 million smartphones with integrated fingerprint sensors will ship in 2017, up from 45.7 million this year, according to the MEMS and Sensors Service at IHS. Shipments this year will surge by a factor of 10 from a volume of 4.5 million in 2012, as presented in the attached figure.

Marwan Boustany, senior analyst, MEMS and Sensors, for IHS, said, “Fingerprint scanning for security, authentication and other purposes has always been a conceptually attractive solution in smartphones. However, cost, size, performance and reliability issues have prevented fingerprint sensors from attaining widespread adoption. With the introduction of the iPhone 5s, Apple has overcome these challenges and has offered a fingerprint sensor solution that delivers seamless functionality. Now that Apple has shown the way, competitors are in a race to enter the market with similar systems, propelling rapid growth in the coming years.”

Cellphone makers long have recognized the security risks associated with smartphones. Owing to the ubiquity of smartphones in daily life, they now contain a great deal of sensitive data in a form factor that is easy to steal. Users likewise are employing them for more and more activities over time, which means that more personal data is being stored on the devices.

Fingerprint sensors have been used in handsets as far back as 2000, first employed in a cellphone sold by Sagem. Other cellphone brands that offered fingerprint sensors include Fujitsu, Pantech, LG and Motorola.

Early implementations of fingerprint sensors often weren’t reliable, with dead skin interfering with accuracy. These sensors also required users to swipe their fingers, and often failed if the swipes were too swift or at the wrong angle. This was an issue across both laptops and handsets.


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