NEW DELHI: Apple started phasing out its Touch ID with the 2017 10th anniversary phone, the iPhone X. A year later, in all the 2018 iPhones — iPhone XS, iPhones XS Max and iPhone XR — FaceID has become the sole mode of biometric authentication. But it seems like Apple is working on bringing it back as the Cupertino-based tech giant has been granted a patent that will allow users to touch the display of an Apple device for biometric authentication.
According to a report by Patently Apple, the newly granted patent titled “Methods of biometric imaging of input surfaces” comes with an acoustic imaging system that is said to “resolve an image of a fingerprint of a user contacting an input surface of an electronic device by mapping the ridges of the user’s fingerprint to the input surface.”
In other words, if a user touches the corner of the screen, the handset will create a “distribution of acoustic transducers associated with an acoustic imaging system” which basically means it will generate mechanical waves which will be received at the top and bottom edge of a rectangular subarea of the imaging surface and then assemble the image of a fingerprint.
The patently Apple report claims that the this acoustic imaging system can be configured to map biometrically-unique features of a user finger for size, shape, skin patterns, and scar patterns and so on.
Interestingly, Apple also mentions that it could use a user’s ear for iPhone for biometric authentication technique.
There is no certainty when will we see this technology come to life. The company is still five months away from launching its 2019 lineup which is expected to include three new
iPhones likely to be called —
iPhone XI, iPhone XI Max and the next version of
iPhone XR. Earlier this week, Macotakara posted a new video which shows all the three upcoming iPhones. The video shows the iPhone XI and iPhone XI Max in White colour along with the new version of iPhone XR.