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Apple patent application hints at embedded TouchID, first step toward an edge-to-edge design

Apple patent application hints at embedded TouchID, first step toward an edge-to-edge design
Amid rumors that a big design change is in store for the 2017 iPhone as a way to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the handset, we could see something dramatic such as a bezel-less edge-to-edge display. A number of concepts have been designed showing such a design, and some fakes have also used it. Recent speculation has Apple embedding TouchID, the front-facing camera, and the speakers under the screen of a future model. Doing all that would make it easier for Apple to produce an iPhone with an edge-to-edge screen.

While this is all speculation for the moment, there actually is some proof that Apple is thinking about such a look for a future iPhone. A patent application originally filed on March 5th 2015, titled "Man-machine interface for controlling access to electronic devices," includes a method called "ultrasound imaging." Using this method would allow Apple to embed TouchID inside an iPhone screen.

According to Patently Apple, Apple has two other patents dealing with the placement of TouchID under the screen. And its June 2015 purchase of the fingerprint related IP from Privaris also points to Apple using this design in the not too distant future. Putting the fingerprint scanner under the screen doesn't guarantee that Apple will go with the edge-to-edge look, but it does remove one of the major obstacles in its way.

source: USPTO via PatentlyApple, 9to5Mac


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