Apple has been granted a patent by the US Patent and Trademark Office for a new fingerprint-reading technology. This new patent will eliminate the dedicated sensor to rear fingerprints. Instead, it will read the fingerprints directly through the screen. This new patent has being titled as “Interactive display panel with IR diodes, ” and it went back to 2014 and was first spotted by AppleInsider.
LuxVue initially filed the patent; a company that makes the micro-LED display which was later acquired by Apple in 2014 hence the patent was also assigned to Apple in 2014. According to the report coming in from AppleInsider, Apple is thinking of ditching the TouchID altogether and move to a more advanced way of implementing the fingerprint sensor.
Touchscreen which is capable of acting as an input device, as well as a fingerprint scanner, would give more space and greater design flexibility. Rumors regarding the TouchID and the new Apple iPhone have been circulating for a while now, but Apple is yet to shed light on the developments. However, there is a little scope of this patent surface at this moment.
With the iPhone 8 (or 7s may be), Apple might bring significant design changes, and it might include the Iris Scanner and the company might celebrate a special 10th anniversary iPhone; currently code named as iPhone X which will support wireless charging, thanks to the glass back. Though nothing is official until Apple comes out and announces.