Apple's latest patent reveals an under-display tech for biometrics and gesture control in iPhones and Apple Watch, but we won’t see it on iPhone 15
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- Apple's latest patent shows that under-display sensors can be used for Face and Touch ID,
iris recognition, and gesture interpretation.
- While Apple has experimented with under-display Touch ID for the iPhone, it is unlikely to be included in high-end models, and it may only make a return on lower-end models like the
AdvertisementApple’s latest patent showcases under-display sensors that could be utilized for various purposes, including Face and Touch ID, iris recognition, and even the interpretation of hand gestures made in front of the device to control various iPhone applications,
However, display tech expert and analyst
@filipvabrousek @UniverseIce Under panel Face ID is now expected to be pushed at least a year to 2025 or later due to sensor issues.— Ross Young (@DSCCRoss) 1678374850000
The patent also outlines using a quantum film infrared sensor, which could include light sources and quantum film photodetectors, to generate sensor data based on the received infrared light. Additionally, control circuitry could process the data to perform proximity sensing, capture images of external objects, identify facial features, detect the direction of a user's gaze, track object location, and detect physical gestures.
Is Touch ID set to make a comeback on iPhone 15?
While Apple has tested an under-display version of Touch ID designed for the iPhone, Gurman suggests that it may only make a return on lower-end models like the iPhone SE. Still, currently, Apple is not considering this option. However, the chances of the fourth-generation iPhone SE having Touch ID are less, as it is expected to borrow its design from the iPhone XR, which also features Face ID instead of Touch ID.
Reintroducing Touch ID to the iPhone, in conjunction with Face ID, could prove especially beneficial in instances where Face ID may not function correctly. This dual authentication approach also offers an additional level of security.
(Source: Mark Gurman/Bloomberg)
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