Apple patent filing hints at a tight fingerprint scanner package suitable for mobile

Apple patent filing hints at a tight fingerprint scanner package suitable for mobile
By now everyone and their pet have heard that Apple is working on some sort of fingerprint recognition technology to embed in its iDevices, but not for the coolness factor itself, as we already had readers in Motorola phones, for instance, but rather tying it up to a new authentication paradigm that will ultimately lead to a mobile payment system of its own, as a PayPal exec suggested recently.

We even heard that the scanner will be situated into a capacitive home key made of sapphire for the next iPhone. Judging from the leaked front panel of the iPhone 5S yesterday, however, the home key cutout seems to be absolutely the same as on the iPhone 5.

Of course, that doesn't preclude the home key/fingerprint scanner combo, and the patent filed by Apple in February now seems to shed some light on the matter. There Apple describes an encapsulation technology that would seal off the scanner sensor, its conductive bezel and accompanying paraphernalia in a tight package, pretty enough for mobile use. Whether or not this will translate into a home key knob with the technology, or something totally different, remains to be seen when Apple announces the iPhone 5S.

source: AppleInsider

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13 Comments

1. FlushGordon unregistered

Isn't that amazing?

2. htc_evo_3d

Posts: 84; Member since: Mar 11, 2013

its amazing. but the fact that no one else should use fingerprint scanning technology other than Apple isn't that amazing.

4. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

this is what annoys me, apple patents things that are pretty cool but in doing so they hardly use any of their patents and prevent other companies from using them as well. To me apple is just being greedy now, and i would like to see them use their patents for other uses than suing samsung

8. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

I'm just confused. Motorola Atrix has finger print scanner

9. pinkpanzer

Posts: 11; Member since: May 27, 2013

but has it got an iPatent?

3. scriptwriter

Posts: 396; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

As the aritcle states, Motorola have used this technology before (Atrix). I smell another law suit coming even if its not filed by Apple.

7. buccob

Posts: 2952; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

no law suit will come sadly, because iPhone bought Autentech which is the company that made the fingerprint scanner for the Atrix... and most fingerprint scanners for mobile...

5. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Who gives a damn bout their bogus patents.

6. masterpogi6

Posts: 11; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

apple rocks :D LOL

10. 4stars unregistered

lol, that technology was on Acer FOUR Years ago.

11. tedkord

Posts: 17133; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Why didn't anyone think of this before?

12. ZeroCide

Posts: 810; Member since: Jan 09, 2013

they did!

13. welis

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 22, 2013

This news on add to Apple News Hub More than 100 news about Apple on the HubsFeed in last month.Thanks!

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