For the past one year, Apple has been consistently filing in-display touch ID patents to adapt the existing technology.
Why have they been doing so?
- To turn iPhones into digital IDs
- By recompiling with the touch ID, Apple is trying to boost its hi-tech security
- Areas such as Banking, digital payments, govt IDs, etc. will be more secure
What about the Face ID in iPhones?
Facial recognition will continue to be backed by Apple in newer models of the iPhone. But there will be additional cornerback of touch ID, which will now reside behind the display. On the other hand, both Face ID and Touch ID have their pros and cons.
Apple Won the Patent for TouchID
‘In March Patently Apple posted a patent application report titled “Apple’s Next-Gen Touch ID uses Optical Imaging Sensors under a Display for a Variety of Devices like Apple Watch.” Today the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially granted Apple that patent.’ – says PatentlyApple.
Apple’s iPhone 12 will be the most surprising come back with the old favorite Touch ID. Sooner, the iPhone 12 is going to take shape, and there are already many news leaks released in the market.
Except, the one which is officially claimed by Apple, i.e., Touch ID. This additional security on the iPhone will act as a cherry on cupcakes. The newer model of the iPhone expects ergonomic design, 3D camera features, and 120 Hz display with improved battery life.
Further, Apple already announced that newer models of the iPhone will not support lightning port and will be replaced by type-c. It could be great news for many iPhone users.
Apple has already been running the touch ID on its 16 inch MacBook Pro which got a lot appraisal in the market. The new touch ID is pinched to function under the display, and the same will work on iPhones.
See Apple’s writing in the Patent:
“An optical image sensor is carried by the housing under the display. The optical image sensor senses biometric image data associated with a user, such as, for example, data representative of a biometric image of the fingerprint patterns of the user’s finger. The controller may perform an authentication function by matching the acquired biometric image data to the stored biometric template data stored in the memory.”
See the original patent report here.
Further, Forbes clears the topic more by illustrating Apple’s patent using a smartphone factor.
Apple’s in-display patent application using existing 16-inch MacBook Pro technology and reworks it
Apple’s Statement on Returning the Touch ID
In May 2018, we posted a patent report titled “Apple Granted Patents for iDevices with Ultrasonic Face & Backside Biometrics.” In October 2019, we published a patent report titled “Apple Reveals Touch ID under the Display will use Sensors that consist of Optical Imaging Arrays.
Then earlier this month, we posted a report titled “Taiwan’s GIS that’s behind the 2020 iPad Pro Mini LED Displays, may also supply Apple with Under Display Touch ID Technology.”
Apple has already started working with both the methodologies, and they are looking forward to working on Touch ID with optical image sensors (not ultrasonic) for future smartphones.