Patent filing shows that Apple could combine Face ID and Touch ID on future iPhone models

Patent filing shows that Apple could combine Face ID and Touch ID on future iPhone models
Future Apple iPhone models might double up on the use of biometric security. The European Patent Office (EPO) recently revealed a patent application from Apple (via Patently Apple) that shows the use of Face ID and Touch ID on the same iPhone. The 2018 iPhone models have just one biometric security feature, Face ID.

Based on the illustrations that accompany the patent application, an iPhone user who cannot verify an Apple Pay transaction with Face ID is then prompted to try Face ID again, or use Touch ID. If both fail, the phone asks the user to type in a passcode (see image at the top of this article).

While readers might note that Apple used an older iPhone design for its illustration, that is done by Apple as to not give away any future design changes that the company has up its sleeve. Since the application is for a utility patent, the design of the iPhone used in the drawings does not need to be precise. The patent's history does pre-date the release of the iPhone X, giving Apple a reason to show a phone with a Touch ID button on the bottom bezel. If Apple does offer Face ID and Touch ID in a future iPhone, we would expect the device to be equipped with an in-display fingerprint scanner.

It isn't clear whether Apple gave this idea some thought and decided to drop it, or if this is being considered for a future iPhone version. The patent, entitled "Face Enrollment And Authentication," was originally filed in September 2017, and deals mostly with how to register and use Face ID. The application has been assigned the number WO2018226265.

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15 Comments

1. Phonehex

Posts: 720; Member since: Feb 16, 2016

Face id is slow and inconvenient . They know it , the sheep don't .

7. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2102; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Not sure what you are referring to. Open and close with FaceID at least 80-90 times a day. I don't notice any slow downs.

9. whatev

Posts: 2087; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

Giving an opinion over something you don’t have and never will, typical android troll, I guess it’s more convenient to have a face unlocking method that can be unlocked with pics and 3D printed faces

13. Phonehex

Posts: 720; Member since: Feb 16, 2016

I use the S9 Plus and an Xs Max . Unlike most farts like you speaking out your ass , I personally own, use and then critique .

10. Vokilam

Posts: 993; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

You’re wrong - I use Face ID every 20 minutes - it’s quick, reliable, and extremely convenient. It’s versatile and integrated with third party apps. And works without moving your hands to sign you into everything while I’m already looking at the screen. I will take Face ID over any sign in method including Samsung’s iris scanner which needs a much narrower angle. And for me at least, Face ID is extremely reliable when I’m at work - where my hands are either in gloves or dirt or wet. The only sheep that doesn’t know it is you. Try it for a month see if you go back to anything else.

15. cncrim

Posts: 1535; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

Slow and inconvenient is FAlse. FaceID is quite useful when you picking it up stand point, when lay in down then it is quite annoying. This is where something design flaw come in. 1. The phone getting taller and Apple suppose to put thing close to bottom instead she moved everything to the top, you have stretched/reposition your hand. And that’s what wait for accidents to happen. 2. Reachability is now suck because swipe down will take you to search and thing get cumbersome. So FaceID is one step forward and 2 step backward to me. And i see Apple lately getting more and more sloppy.

2. maherk

Posts: 6640; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

It will be fun watching the same fanboys that were telling us that fps is yesterday's technology, and that the future is only about face id and how everyone will follow Apple's lead and ditch the fps in the future.

3. el33t626

Posts: 27; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

Yeah I know they really do need to add both.

4. Atrixboyyy

Posts: 575; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

Hey apple users what happen to face id being so good they didn't need other options?

11. Vokilam

Posts: 993; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

See post 10 above.

5. JMartin22

Posts: 2311; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

I think both technologies have their advantages and disadvantages over each other. So having both to cover each other’s weaknesses would be nice. Face ID is nice if your fingers are covered or incapacitated and Touch ID is a good alternative when your face is obscured with any sort of gear or equipment.

6. monkeyb

Posts: 366; Member since: Jan 17, 2018

All my friends who use the iPhone x/xs/max: - Face ID is really good. - We missed Touch ID in the start but now don't remember/care. All my friends who use Android powered devices: - Apple is sh*t for removing Face ID. - Samsung is the best. - Pixel camera is the best. Need to notice that only non-users and haters are the ones that complain. Haters don't like people being content and happy with their phones. Hence resort to name calling. Apple will bring any/all features back not because they are great but because their phones are not selling well. Apple does not realize that their price and few OS restrictions are the main culprits for their sales decline. Not a specific hardware feature.

8. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2102; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

I would like for Apple to implement FaceTouch ID within all apps. Its best to secure all email and all text messages. This should have been created based on iOS10 when TouchID was introduced. Now this a reason to heavily secure your entire phone with touch and facial recognition. I should help brand "FaceTouch" ID...LOL! You can thank me Apple!

12. Vokilam

Posts: 993; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

Face touching is weird.

14. cncrim

Posts: 1535; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

FaceID is working great, excepted when them lay flat on the table. The draw back from all this is the reachability and control center move on top of the screen is bad implemented. This is reason why i still on older iphone TouchID mich more useful.

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