Apple patent details virtual home button with embedded fingerprint sensor, expected in the iPhone 8
posted by Luis D. / Oct 04, 2016, 4:15 AM
Rumors say that the 2017 iPhone will feature an edge-to-edge OLED display that covers the handset's entire front, eliminating the well familiar home button in favor of a virtual touch-sensitive key enabled by the smartphone's haptic engine.
Apple reportedly wants to make an all-screen iPhoneA patent recently published by the USPTO reveals more technological details about the solution. The invention will introduce capacitive sensing technology that works through gaps in space, letting Apple embed a Touch ID fingerprint scanner behind the display. The solution also incorporates electrostatic lenses spread across an array of sensing elements that pick up an accurate reading of the user's fingerprint pattern. This is how Apple will be able to introduce a full screen face design to its next iPhone, assuming it actually plans to do so.
There are other inventions in the smartphone industry that would allow for a fingerprint scanner to be embedded behind the display. Qualcomm's Sense ID technology uses ultrasonic waves to capture a reading of the user's fingerprint through surfaces like glass, metal, and plastic. However, Apple practically wants to build a virtual replacement for the Home button and its navigation functionality, which means the company is more interested in developing its own technology, such as the one described in this patent.
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I want a home button that I can press with my fingernail to just check the time, but not unwittingly unlock the phone.....oh wait.
posted on Oct 04, 2016, 4:45 AM 1
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then do you still like those bezels, so stay with iphone 7, 6s, 6, 5se or 5s, if you like to press the button so much..
posted on Oct 04, 2016, 5:06 AM 3
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My point is that with the iPhone 7, I don't believe one can 'press' the home 'button' with a fingernail. Exactly why will use my still quite powerful 6S until it becomes obsolete. Hopefully by then Apple will have an 'always on' display (or whatever they call it). Oh, and gave you a +1 by accident.
posted on Oct 04, 2016, 5:34 AM 3
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My display on my iPhone comes on when I take it out of my pocket or lift it even slightly from a flat surface. It's the same functionality that Android phones have had for some time, but I suggest you try that out.
posted on Oct 04, 2016, 9:29 AM 0
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Someones finger got chopped off for this patent :/
posted on Oct 04, 2016, 4:45 AM 4
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I'll have to cut off my finger to unlock my phone??!!!
posted on Oct 04, 2016, 7:18 AM 2
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Yes, but Apple will make available the new iDumb (yes, dumb, not thumb), a wireless prosthetic finger that senses and automatically unlocks the phone when you hold it, for the low price of $299.99. When asked about how customers who will not cut their finger off will be able to use the phone, Tim Cooks states "This is the best solution to unlocking our new iPhones. This revolutionary technology requires COURAGE from our customers in order to move into the new age of Apple".
posted on Oct 04, 2016, 8:20 AM 3
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Except that Xiaomi implemented it already in its mi5s h t t p:// w w w.droid-life.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/194031ot78yyb80lsq4954.jpg.thumb_.jpg
posted on Oct 04, 2016, 6:03 AM 1
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To clarify.... yes, technically the mi5s scanner is 'under glass' but the point of this apple article is that the scanner is behind the screen, and theoretically the phone would be pretty bezelless.
posted on Oct 04, 2016, 7:03 AM 0
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No way for the iphone8... now that they use the new button with that taptic engine... they will use it for at least another 2 phones.. like all new things they put in phones
posted on Oct 04, 2016, 6:21 AM 0
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I can't believe it. Is Apple is really innovating? Wow that's quite an interesting patent.
posted on Oct 04, 2016, 7:50 AM 2
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Xiaomi, Oppo and/or Huawei are gonna take notes from articles like this and claim they were first to market with the tech when honestly... their implementations of newer technology is downright dreadful.
posted on Oct 04, 2016, 9:08 AM 1
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