Presently, fingerprint sensors are available on several smartphones. However, the pursuit to improvise existing features remains constant. Brands like Vivo, Huawei and OnePlus have already introduced the in-display scanner. Even Samsung launched the ultrasonic fingerprint scanner, a first of its kind in the S10+.
One might wonder why Apple hasn’t ventured into this arena yet. The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) recently granted this patent that was filed back in 2016. We may not see it in any of the Apple devices anytime soon.
The patent is called “Methods of biometric imaging of input surfaces” and it uses acoustic imaging system to capture biometric data. The acoustic transducers are designed to convert electrical signals into mechanical energy and/or mechanical energy into electrical signals. The controller is configured to receive electrical signals from the transducers. The image resolver uses these signals to construct an image of the object that is in contact with the imaging surface like the fingerprint. However, this technology is different from the existing fingerprint scanners. Also, it is interesting to note that it is not limited just to a fingerprint, it can also map other biometric features like ears, face, palm, cheek etc…
We know that Apple has been focussing on Face ID recognition and majority of the customers seem happy with it. A small section still seems interested in the fingerprint scanner but whether or not Apple will implement this technology remains a mystery for now.
We know that Apple has been focusing on Face ID recognition and majority of the customers seem happy with it. A small section still seems interested in the fingerprint scanner but whether or not Apple will implement this technology remains a mystery for now.
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