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    Apple likely working on in-display fingerprint scanner for its next iPhone

    Apple has obtained a patent from the US Patent and Trademark Office for an image sensor built under the screen of an electronic device. The device includes a display located under the protective outer cover. The patent explains that the protective outer cover is an interface surface for receiving tactile input from a finger.

    The patent further notes that the optical imaging system will consist of two elements, namely a light emitting element and a photosensitive element, which will be isolated from the first.

    In simpler words, this device will have sensors that emit infrared light when a user puts their fingerprint on it. The patent suggests that Apple may be working on an optical imaging sensor that is placed or integrated into the display of the electronic device.

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    The patent states that the optical imaging system will be configured in such a way that when a product or part of a product comes in contact with it, it will work on diffuse illumination or surface reflection in the form of infrared light.

    The patent was filed in 2018 and has now been granted, according to Gadgets 360. Patents don’t always lead to companies working on the mass production of devices. It’s unclear whether Apple will definitely implement this feature and if so, it will be for which device, however it is likely to be the next generation of iPhone given that Face ID is not a convenient option as people are required to wear masks due to the coronavirus. Apple currently uses Touch ID or Face ID for its devices. Apple is using Face ID for its latest iPhone 12 Series and new Touch ID for iPad Air. So far, Apple hasn’t used in-display fingerprint scanning in any of the devices.

    However, next generation Apple devices: iPhone and iPads are likely to need fingerprint scanners because the masks revealed FaceID doesn’t work that well in covid times.

    The potential electronic device will have sensors that will emit infrared light when a user puts their finger on it, according to the patent that has been granted to Apple.

    News Underline:

    • Apple has obtained a patent from the US Patent and Trademark Office for an image sensor built under the screen of an electronic device.
    • The patent explains that the protective outer cover is an interface surface for receiving tactile input from a finger.
    • The patent suggests that Apple may be working on an optical imaging sensor that is placed or integrated into the display of the electronic device.
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