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

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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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posted on 20 Jun 2013, 07:28

1. FlushGordon (unregistered)

Isn't that amazing?

posted on 20 Jun 2013, 07:37

2. htc_evo_3d (Posts: 84; Member since: 11 Mar 2013)

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

posted on 20 Jun 2013, 07:51 2

4. apple4never (Posts: 1064; Member since: 08 May 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

posted on 20 Jun 2013, 11:22 1

8. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1888; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)

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

posted on 20 Jun 2013, 11:40

9. pinkpanzer (Posts: 11; Member since: 27 May 2013)

but has it got an iPatent?

posted on 20 Jun 2013, 07:49 3

3. scriptwriter (Posts: 396; Member since: 13 Nov 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.

posted on 20 Jun 2013, 08:50

7. buccob (Posts: 2737; Member since: 19 Jun 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...

posted on 20 Jun 2013, 08:04

5. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)

Who gives a damn bout their bogus patents.

posted on 20 Jun 2013, 08:45

6. masterpogi6 (Posts: 11; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)

apple rocks :D LOL

posted on 20 Jun 2013, 13:17

10. 4stars (unregistered)

lol, that technology was on Acer FOUR Years ago.

posted on 20 Jun 2013, 19:58

11. tedkord (Posts: 14143; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)

Why didn't anyone think of this before?

posted on 21 Jun 2013, 11:47

12. ZeroCide (Posts: 785; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)

they did!

posted on 22 Jun 2013, 07:16

13. welis (Posts: 1; Member since: 22 Jun 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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