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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21 Comments

21. catze86

Posts: 731; Member since: Dec 07, 2015

In 2020

17. Chuck007

Posts: 1420; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

Good, now they are going to sue LG for inventing th technology. Wont stop me from picking one up if it's a sweet phone though.

25. kiko007

Posts: 7525; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

LG didn't "invent" anything. Qualcomm has had the ability to use embedded FP sensors for a while. LG was the first to create a panel with the application of it.

11. grbrao

Posts: 294; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

it will be quite uncofortable without baziles, always accidently touching it will cause lot of nonsense.. any way i am more exited about next nexus lineup than iphone7. Android N is nail iOS X

10. SIGPRO

Posts: 2818; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Fingerprint scanner is oudated, Iris scanner is the future!

14. Jimrod

Posts: 1607; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

Iris scanner sucks, I don't want to have to stare at my phone to open it, what about in the dark? Fingerprint scanner is the best, most convenient option.

15. SIGPRO

Posts: 2818; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Did you ever used an Iris scanner, i guess not! And yes it works in total darkness! My Lumia 950XL unlocks by just looking at it, and yes it's fast!

18. Jimrod

Posts: 1607; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

No I didn't but I often open my phone without looking at it, you have to touch the phone to use it but you don't have to stare at it directly, I often just glance at it to see notifications or whatever. I don't see what actual benefit it offers over a fingerprint sensor.

28. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Having choice is always a benefit. personally i would use iris scanner but will never use fingerprint scanner. Question of taste.

20. hwb01

Posts: 355; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

A phone were you can use both iris and fingerprint scanners simultaneously would be cool.

29. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

And pretty hard to break into lol.

9. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

great.. now they steal ultrasonic FP from qualcomm, and shamelessly patent something they cant make... and the article didnt bother to mention "Qualcomm" in that article, even tough he totally aware that qualcomm already have that tech.. Innovation .s #iPhoneArena

8. wando77

Posts: 1170; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

Why would anybody embedded fingerprint reader mean edge to edge? It doesn't at all

5. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Isn't this similar to Qualcomm's sense ID ultrasonic finger print tech?

6. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Anyway it is pretty cool to see iPhones abandoning those big bezels. Well done. Make it faster

7. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Anyway it is pretty cool to see iPhones abandoning those big bezels. Well done. Make it faster

26. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Yeah look similar then Apple will sue ppl who use the qualcomm tech even if its came out first...

30. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

It's why I clicked on the article. I remember hearing about it last year when I bought my 6p. So it's been in development for awhile now at Qualcomm.

4. Kumar123 unregistered

Amazing.

2. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

Finally no more fingerprint scanner *clap clap*

1. Zylam

Posts: 1826; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

Sweet, about time! Now htc just needs to kill it with the New Nexi and I can't wait for a powerful Nexus 7 refresh.

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