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Soon the return of Touch ID on iPhones?



A new Apple patent describes how the firm plans to integrate a fingerprint reader under the screen, letting the user place his finger anywhere on the screen.A new Apple patent describes how the firm plans to integrate a fingerprint reader under the screen, letting the user place his finger anywhere on the screen.

The U.S. Patent Office (USPTO) has just granted a new patent (10,541,280) to Apple that suggests a possible return of the biometric Touch ID technology that unlocks the mobile. The firm plans to integrate an optical fingerprint sensor directly under the iPhone's Oled screen, a feature that many competitors already have. The screen would then have two modes of operation, a simple display mode, and a fingerprint sensor mode.
According to the patent, "the approximate affected area can be determined by capacitive touch sensors, and one or more finer details can be determined by optical touch sensors. The touchscreen can include a spatial filter configured to focus the light emitted by the Oled and/or the reflected light detected by the Oled for enhanced optical touch capture. »

Touch ID without a specific button

Simply put, this means that capacitive sensors would determine the location of the user's finger, while the optical sensors built into the screen will read the details of the fingerprint. The entire screen surface could turn into a fingerprint reader, eliminating the need to use a Touch ID-specific button. The patent also indicates that the sensors would be able to detect a finger flying over the screen without touching it.

Among the various designs accompanying the patent, Apple included a laptop with a touch screen. This is enough to support the assumption that Apple would be working on a MacBook Pro with a touchscreen, as suggested in another patent granted last week.

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