Apple is Redesigning the Touch ID; Hints at Touch ID on the Power Button

As the fall season nears, the curiosity starts about what is Apple going to do next. It is an unsaid rule that Apple will come up with some unusual design changes and lots of patented technologies. This time also they have been granted 68 new patents by The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The most exciting among those is the patent that was granted to Apple for redesigning and relocation of the Touch ID. According to the report, Apple may be planning to redesign and relocate the Touch ID sensor on the power button at the top of the phone.

This patent could soon become a reality because of issues that the company is facing in embedding the fingerprint scanner below the screen for a bigger display. Samsung appears to have struggled with the same dilemma and ended up placing a fingerprint reader on the rear of the Galaxy S8. Even Lenovo phones have placed the fingerprint scanner on the rear of the phone. According to recent reports, the company has not been able to crack the problem of placing a Touch ID sensor underneath the screen with the current technology at their disposal, and it is trying to find different locations for the Touch ID sensor.

The shift of the sensor could mean that the upcoming iPhone could come without a fingerprint scanner. The description along with the patent states that fingerprint biometric sensor is smaller than ‘prior art finger biometric sensor assemblies’. So the new sensor may be located in areas with lack of abundant space. This could allow Apple to remove the long standing physical home button on the front and in turn ensure larger displays. Of course, it’s also unusual that the power button is on the top of the device. Apple has recently started placing that button on the side of the phone. Such a design could prove problematic on the larger iPhones models, the Plus series.

The relocated Touch ID is likely to perform the same functions as the one on the current sensor. One thing to note here is that that mechanics of the Touch ID are similar to the one in the current implementation of Touch ID where the user taps to activate the scanner. The report details that Apple had applied for the patent back in Q2 2015.


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