Apple granted patent for fingerprint recognition using entire iPhone display
Rumors that Apple is considering a future without a physical home button on its iPhones have been bolstered by a patent granted to the company on Tuesday —one that could allow users to authenticate their fingerprint by touching anywhere on the screen.
Originally revealed in an application published in July 2016 by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, newly granted U.S. Patent No. 9,582,102 describes an “Electronic device including finger biometric sensor carried by a touch display and related methods.” While the current implementation of Touch ID works using a dedicated fingerprint reader and capacitive ring built into the home button, the patent suggests that future fingerprint scanning could be done on the display itself.
The method used to read fingerprints involves the use of multiple layers to make the screen, including one display layer, at least one transparent conductive layer, and another for fingerprint reading. This biometric sensor could include an interconnect layer…
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