Apple patents fingerprint sensor that works through displays, hints at ‘iPhone 8’ tech
Apple on Tuesday was awarded a patent that, if recent rumors are to be believed, might make its way into next year’s iPhone model. Specifically, the company now owns IP covering a fingerprint sensor capable of gathering accurate readings through structures like a device screen.
According to reports, the 2017 iPhone will do away with the iconic home button to make way for a “full-screen face” comprised of an edge-to-edge OLED display. Instead of the physical Touch ID module seen in contemporary iPhone and iPad devices, Apple is said to be working on a virtual button which presumably carries over the same features and functions.
The home button has been a mainstay of Apple’s portable device lineup…
As published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the tech described in Apple’s U.S. Patent No. 9,460,332 for a “Capacitive fingerprint sensor including an electrostatic lens” offers a solution to a major design hurdle presented with the rumored design of next year’s iPhone.
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