New Apple Patent Shows Fingerprint Recognition Anywhere On The Display

Ali Salman
Posted Oct 4, 2016
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There have been numerous rumors that Apple will embed the Home button into the display of iPhones. While we’re sure the company would tend to keep the long-standing rumors a secret, there are factors that contribute to its authenticity. Major sources like the WSJ, Bloomberg and NYT have reported that Apple will make this shift in its 2017 iPhone. Apple has patented this technology before and the latest one is kind of an extension to it. The latest Apple patent appears to describe a technology that will allow fingerprints to be registered anywhere on the screen. Let’s see some more details on the topic.

Apple Patent Appears To Show Fingerprint Recognition Anywhere On The Screen

With that said, there will not be a devised specific location to rest your finger on, instead you can rest your finger anywhere on the display. The patent is spotted by Patently Apple that describes how the difference between electric field ridges and valleys of the fingerprint could be implemented on a capacitive touch display. In this scenario, the iPhone-maker also details why the company wants to conjoin the Home button in the display.

In the case of fingerprint recognition systems that include arrays of capacitive sensing elements to detect the fingerprint images, i.e. capacitive fingerprint sensors, there may be a number of reasons for these components to axially aligned with other components of the consumer electronics device, such as display stacks and touch screens, not the least of which is an interest in avoiding assigning valuable surface space exclusively to an component that may only be used briefly during the process of identifying the user.

Past patents by Apple delivers the same results, but with a different method, the ultrasound imaging. It’s not uncanny if the company has decided to opt for a different technology as it seeks to find more effective ways. The company has also stated that this technology is more reliable and accurate than Touch ID. By the look of it, it does seem more accurate and easy to achieve from the consumers’ perspective. The unlocking procedure would be a whole lot faster than locating the Touch ID.

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From the image shared, we can see that the capacitive ‘fingerprint sensor with electrostatic lens’ will detect fingerprints on either the complete display or a specific portion of it. On this year’s iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, the company has removed the mechanical Home button and instead, replaced it with a solid immobile glass that looks like a button. The company then integrated it to the Taptic Engine that delivers precise feedback and overall the operation mimics the mechanical Home button. The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are hence the base on which Apple will build its forthcoming iPhone in 2017.

Nonetheless, the idea has just been patented and there is no official news for when it might be implemented. We will keep you guys posted as soon as we hear more details on the subject. This is it for now, folks. What are your thoughts on the new Apple patent? Share your thoughts with us in the comments.

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