Apple got Patent for in-screen Touch ID and Face ID

In screen touch ID Apple

Face ID and Touch ID have always given users the guarantees they need to be the first line of security when making payments with Apple devices. So if access to money is one of the biggest reasons for security, these methods are currently among the best. However, the company has always adopted evolutions of these technologies, the case of Touch ID is an example of this, going from a button in front of the screen to a geometrically different button on the side of the Apple device. Apparently this doesn’t stop there.

Early rumors about the iPhone 14 suggest that Apple plans to shift the placement of its Touch ID and Face ID technologies to under the screen. According to a patent granted today, there are two ways to do this.

Apple Patent Shows In Screen Biometric Technology

Apple may soon embed the Touch ID and Face ID under the screen. At least the patent now granted to the company indicates so. Although Apple technically describes how to do it, as the patent shows, it will be simpler for the fingerprint reader to move to that stage. Face ID sensors and cameras may not be as simple to replace.

Apple In Display Touch ID
Apple Patent for in-screen Touch ID

This conventional construction undesirably enlarges the edges of the screen as well as enlarges the case of the device itself. However, Apple does not specify how it will do this. The main focus of the patent is the incorporation of an image sensor on the screen in order to read a fingerprint, ie the built-in Touch ID.

However, Apple notes that the same approach can be taken for other forms of biometric identification, including Face ID. That is, the electronic device can implement images through visualization for any suitable image, detection, data aggregation, or for light gathering purposes, and can then do facial recognition.

Is it possible for Apple to have both systems implemented together?

Having Face ID and Touch ID built into the screen would be a way to keep all users happy. In addition, this step would also open Face ID to Mac screens. There would no longer be a need for computers to have that edge on the wider screen to have cameras and sensors.

In fact, Bloomberg recently suggested that Face ID should hit Macs within a few years. Well, having a camera under the screen might not be for now. It won’t be simple to maintain a sharp image with a camera under a screen that projects the device’s image. There are still some limitations and the images already tried by some brands showed poor quality.

For now the iPhone will bring a lower notch, but who knows, when this technology is more mature, an iPhone, iPad or Mac may bring biometric readers on screen.


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