Apple plans to use a smaller (40% to 50% smaller) Face ID sensor chip in iPhones and iPads beginning later this year, according to DigiTimes (a subscription is required to read the entire article).
The article says the redesigned VCSEL chip (used in the Face ID scanner) may allow Apple to integrate new functions, as well as free up some internal space inside the mobile devices. However, DigiTimes didn’t says what the new functions might be.
Face ID is the facial recognition system designed and developed by Apple. It allows biometric authentication for unlocking a device, making payments, and accessing sensitive data, as well as providing detailed facial expression tracking for Animoji and other features.