Apple Wins Patent for In-Display Touch ID Built Using Optical Fibers

The American multinational technology company specializing in online services, consumer electronics, and software, Apple Inc., has recently won a patent for an in-display touch ID system for its next-generation iPhones. To be specific, the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has granted the Cupertino headquartered tech giant a patent linked with the use of optical fibers behind the display that could capture biometric data quickly and more efficiently. The same implies that Apple could finally get in-display fingerprint sensors on its devices.

As per various reports published around the same trending topic, the technology has the ability to capture two-dimensional (2D) or three-dimensional (3D) images of a user or object near the device. The 2D or 3D images could include biometric data in some applications.

According to the Patent Application filed by the tech giant, the technology in question utilizes optical fibers for emitting or receiving electromagnetic radiations through the device’s display.

The next-generation iPhones may also include multiple input devices, such as a virtual button or many other sensors integrated with a display stack positioned under the display.

Kindly note that the technologies specified in the patent applications filed by Apple don’t, at all times, make it to the final build. Therefore, it will be wise enough to admit that there are bleak chances for the Touch ID system to make a comeback.

If we look at the hints given by renowned analysts like Ming-Chi Kuo, we can say that the probability of Apple coming up with an under-display Touch ID feature is almost next to impossible, at least in the coming two years. In September 2021, Kuo had predicted that around late 2023, an iPhone with Touch ID functionality could be expected; however, his recent tweets mention otherwise.

After analyzing the latest surveys, Kuo said in his recent tweet that the new iPhones in 2023 and 2024 may not include the under-display Touch ID functionality. He also mentioned that the Face ID technology with a mask on in an iPhone is already a brilliant biometric solution. For more visit:

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