The last 18 months have not been particularly pleasant for fingerprint technology vendors as capacitive sensor prices have dropped lower than anticipated for consumer electronics (CE). Bolstered by Apple’s decision to forego its trademark sapphire sensor in iPhone X in lieu of face recognition (FaceID), certain technology circles were quick to note that, in combination, this created a perfect storm which might cause more smartphone original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to put fingerprint technology in the backseat. Realistically, this would mean that one single engineering design by a leading OEM would overshadow decades of fingerprint research and development (R&D) and replace a time-tested technology with another one almost overnight, with almost no consideration of consumer technological familiarity or current investments.
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