Apple’s Latest Patent Will Turn The iPhone’s Screen Into One Big Fingerprint Reader

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Feb 28, 2017
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It’s no secret that Apple’s got a lot of plans or the iPhone 8. The company’s dependence on the lineup as a key driver of its revenue forces it in a tough spot every year. Without the iPhone, Apple simply cannot surprise. To that end, declining market interest in the smartphone as of late has put Cupertino in a tight spot for 217. The smartphone market is as competitive as ever and Apple needs to move fast if it wants to stay on top. Today, the USPTO has granted the company a patent that will allow for remarkable upgrades to the iPhone. Take a look below for more details.

Apple’s Latest Patent Will Not Only Embed Fingerprint Recognition In The iPhone’s Display But Also Allow For On Screen Authentication

Button free front displays are a major part of iPhone 8 and Samsung Galaxy S8 leaks. Similar rumors have surfaced for both the devices over the past couple of months. Out of these, Apple’s approach is more solid. Initial whispers on the rumor mill suggested that both the iPhone 8 and the Galaxy S8 will feature virtual home buttons. Since then, countless leaks have disproved this fact for the S8. However, Apple’s still going pretty strong.

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The latest information suggests that Apple will introduce a Touch Bar like feature on the iPhone 8. The bottom of the device’s screen will feature customizable ‘buttons’ that will change in accord with user needs. Now, Cupertino’s latest patent takes the concept further. Today’s patent outlines how an iPhone’s display will be able to recognize a fingerprint virtually anywhere on screen.

According to the patent, “An electronic device may include a touch display that includes at least one display layer, and at least one transparent conductive layer thereon defining touch sensing pixels. The electronic device may also include a finger biometric sensor carried by the touch display and that includes a finger biometric sensing layer that includes an array of transparent conductive finger biometric sensing pixels capacitively coupled to the at least one transparent conductive layer of the touch display.”

So essentially, the entire screen of your iPhone will become a fingerprint sensor courtesy of an all new layer. This will add a lot of functionality and will remove the need to authenticate actions separately. For example, if you’re making a transaction via the Ap Store, rather than prompt you for separately authenticate your transaction, the iPhone will simply recognize your fingerprint as your interact with it. It’s an intersting concept that will take biometrics to the next stage. Thoughts? Let us know what you think in the comments section below and stay tuned. We’ll keep you updated on the latest.

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