Apple offers users a highly secure biometric security with Face ID. However, due to the wide notches of Face ID, many iPhone users want new iPhones to come with a fingerprint scanner embedded in the screen, and Apple’s new patent has emerged in this direction.
Apple has relied on Face ID as a biometric security technology in its smartphones since the 10th anniversary of the launch of its special iPhone, the iPhone X. However, it is known that Apple is looking for an alternative biometric security system to Face ID, as Face ID requires a wide notch on the screen despite the security features it offers.
A recent patent file revealed that Apple filed a patent application with the US Patent and Trademark Office last year for a new biometric security technology. The patent in question shows that Apple is keen on Touch ID technology with fingerprint scanner embedded in the screen.
According to the patent documents, Apple adds a sensor to emit short-wavelength infrared light under the screen in the technology in question. While the infrared sensor emits light to the finger on the screen, the resulting reflection is scanned and identity check is performed. In other words, Apple plans to use the optical fingerprint scanning technology, which Android manufacturers have been using for years, with an infrared sensor.
Regardless, it is important to note that the patent in question is a blueprint and Apple can use it with the next iPhone, as well as never. Although the wide-notched design is increasingly criticized by iPhone users, Apple is not intent on giving up Face ID technology, especially on flagship models. Therefore, even if Apple will use a fingerprint scanner embedded in the infrared screen, we can see the next generation Touch ID on iPads before iPhones.