Apple applies for a patent on a different type of in-display fingerprint scanner

Apple applies for a patent on a different type of in-display fingerprint scanner
The Apple iPhone X was designed to minimize the bezels on the front of the phone, which led the company to come up with the TrueDepth Camera for the Face ID facial recognition system. It also forced Apple to use a notch to house the sensors for the 3D mapping camera. However, earlier this year, Apple applied for a patent on a new system that will allow it to produce iPhone models that would offer an in-display fingerprint scanner using new technology.

The USPTO recently published the application, which as we just said, reveals the use of in-display technology to scan a fingerprint. The technology in the patent does not employ the optical image scanning technique used on some handsets designed and built in China. Nor does it use the more accurate and expensive ultrasonic system like the one expected on the Samsung Galaxy S10. Apple's invention envisions the use of a dielectric sensor, other sensors that overlap, and at least one light source. The technology allows Apple to obtain 3D fingerprint ridge data. Instead of sensors, strategically placed cameras under the display could also be used to capture a fingerprint structure in 3D.

The patent application, number 20180225498, was filed back in January, which was after the launch of the Apple iPhone X. The sole inventor is Dale Setlak, who joined Apple after it purchased security and biometric firm Authentec for $356 million back in 2012.

We expect all three 2018 iPhone models to include the TrueDepth Camera and Face ID. Most likely we won't see the technology described in this patent application reach consumers until 2019-2020 at the earliest.

Apple patents a new method to scan fingerprints using in-display technology

Apple patents a new method to scan fingerprints using in-display technology


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41 Comments

1. Leo_MC

Posts: 6710; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

That means there's a way to put a camera under the display, making it possible to have an all screen device.

3. ahmadkun

Posts: 538; Member since: May 02, 2016

Yeah .. Samsung already working on that

5. Leo_MC

Posts: 6710; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Maybe Xiaomi, Vivo, Huawei, Microsoft and Sony too - who gives a f**k about them? This is an article about a device planned by Apple.

12. Phullofphil

Posts: 1752; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

Exactly. Everybody is working on them but if they got a patent then it’s different. You have no clue as to what these companies are working on behind the scene. If it comes out on a phone or has a patent application than you better believe there are a lot of other stuff being worked on by everybody at the same time. Quit this high school bull crap

37. Leo_MC

Posts: 6710; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

I'm sure they are. Except we are not talking about everybody here.

19. TheOracle1

Posts: 2074; Member since: May 04, 2015

I'll give Apple some credit here. Finally something useful and innovative.

30. audibot

Posts: 591; Member since: Jan 26, 2017

fine apple is waiting for those above to make it invent it then apple sues them saying they had a patent for it, even though they have no idea how to do it. just an idea like i want to teleport.

38. Leo_MC

Posts: 6710; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Yeah, isn't that cool: every court in this world from each and every country is helping Apple troll everybody.

7. cmdacos

Posts: 3889; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

This exists already seeing as optical sensors are essentially using cameras under the screen now in the recently released devices.

10. Leo_MC

Posts: 6710; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

I'm sure some Android based OEM's would have preferred to use a under the display camera instead of using "notches", if such tech existed; seeing that no one is using it, it's safe to say it's inexistent for the moment.

11. cmdacos

Posts: 3889; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Lol ok. It's there look it up. These image sensors are likely short ranged and maybe limited due to low light. Regardless it's already done.

22. Leo_MC

Posts: 6710; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

You might be so kind as to point me to a phone that has a front facing camera under the display? Thanks.

32. audibot

Posts: 591; Member since: Jan 26, 2017

does not matter its crap compared to the ultrasonic units from Samsung and qualcomm

39. Leo_MC

Posts: 6710; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

I'm sure it is, if you say so.

34. audibot

Posts: 591; Member since: Jan 26, 2017

40. Leo_MC

Posts: 6710; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

I was talking about front facing CAMERA and you are giving articles about fingerprint scanners... attaboy!

33. audibot

Posts: 591; Member since: Jan 26, 2017

13. Phullofphil

Posts: 1752; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

This is just an application not a declaration of we did it first so there. Baby crap

15. cmdacos

Posts: 3889; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

I don't care who did fps under screen first. I was pointing out that cameras under screens exist already based on Leo's comments.

41. Leo_MC

Posts: 6710; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Yes, since the first fp scanner, but I was talking about cameras that do more than scan the finger.

31. audibot

Posts: 591; Member since: Jan 26, 2017

microsoft did it 12 years ago as a demo for the table unit that was part of the things of the future. now that was innovating times

9. Brewski

Posts: 669; Member since: Jun 05, 2012

What about speakers?

18. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1009; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

That's where sound emitting OLEDs come into play, Samsung has already demoed the tech

36. audibot

Posts: 591; Member since: Jan 26, 2017

are you talking about the cinima panals

35. audibot

Posts: 591; Member since: Jan 26, 2017

i say make full facing top and bottom speakers thats all i want boom boom sound

17. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

Yes... Sony, Samsung and Meizu have patents for this. It requires transparent oled.

25. Marcwand3l

Posts: 416; Member since: May 08, 2017

Sure that's exactly what this means, without a doubt.

26. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1239; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

Well duh... There's always been a way of doing that, the problem is doing it in a way that produces high quality images without the loss of pixels in the process, that's the problem with under screen cameras. Samsung reportedly already has a solution. On topic: This patent however still is very much an optical sensor.

2. apple-rulz

Posts: 1901; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

Apples scientists and engineers hard at work, hopefully this fingerprint scanner is available on next years iPhone(s).

27. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1239; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

Wouldn't count on it.

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