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Apple’s Not Done With Fingerprint Biometrics, Suggest New Patents

Apple’s Not Done With Fingerprint Biometrics, Suggest New Patents

Once again, a new pair of patents suggests that Apple isn’t quite done with fingerprint recognition. The patents specifically concern acoustic imaging tech that would turn the entire mobile screen into a biometric sensor. So how does it work? Once you sift through the technical jargon, the concept is essentially sonar for the iPhone. When…

New Apple Patent For Biometric Touch Bar References Surprising Modality

New Apple Patent For Biometric Touch Bar References Surprising Modality

A newly published Apple patent application suggests that an unexpected biometric modality could be on its way to Mac computers. The patent application was originally filed with the European Patent Office in 2017, and, as Patently Apple reports, expands the number of features that could potentially be delivered through the Mac Touch Bar from 12…

Apple Patent Application Details New Biometric Features for Mac Touch Bar

Apple Patent Application Details New Biometric Features for Mac Touch Bar

A newly published Apple patent application suggests that an unexpected biometric modality could be on its way to Mac computers. The patent application was originally filed with the European Patent Office in 2017, and, as Patently Apple reports, expands the number of features that could potentially be delivered through the Mac Touch Bar from 12 to 106. …

Patent Describes Advanced Biometric Authentication for Apple Watch

Patent Describes Advanced Biometric Authentication for Apple Watch

Apple has filed a patent for a new form of biometric authentication that could be deployed in a future version of the Apple Watch. Originally filed in Q3 2018, the new invention is a light field camera capable of sub-epidermal imaging. The camera would be placed on the underside of the Apple Watch, where it…

Is Face ID Coming to the HomePod?

Is Face ID Coming to the HomePod?

A recently published Apple patent suggests that the company could be planning to introduce Face ID and 3D hand gestures to its HomePod line of products. The patent specifically refers to a voice-controlled assistant such as a “countertop speaker,” and would allow such devices to recognize faces, as well as hand waves and other basic…

Apple Patent Outlines Acoustic Fingerprint Imaging System

Apple Patent Outlines Acoustic Fingerprint Imaging System

“Essentially, the patent outlines how an array of acoustic transducers could be used to bounce acoustic signals off of a fingertip when it touches a display surface.” Apple has been granted another patent related to in-display fingerprint scanning technology. As AppleInsider reports, this patent is based on acoustic imaging. Essentially, the patent outlines how an…

Apple Patent Envisions iPhone with Face ID and Touch ID

Apple Patent Envisions iPhone with Face ID and Touch ID

A newly-published Apple patent suggests that the company may not be finished with fingerprint scanning on the iPhone, with engineers considering how the Touch ID system could be used alongside facial recognition. While the patent is almost entirely focused on Apple’s new Face ID 3D facial recognition system, it also takes a moment to illustrate…

In-Display Touch ID Might Still Come to the iPhone

In-Display Touch ID Might Still Come to the iPhone

Various industry reports suggest that Apple is going all-in on facial recognition, but a newly published patent filing suggests that the company hasn’t entirely given up on fingerprint recognition. Essentially, the patent outlines a system that would use one or more light sources to image a user’s fingerprint. Because the light sources would clarify the…

Apple Patent Describes Face Recognition For Macs

Apple Patent Describes Face Recognition For Macs

A newly published Apple patent suggests the company has been exploring the possibility of using facial recognition for user identification on its Mac computers for a couple of years now. First filed in Q3 of 2016, the patent is primarily concerned with the creation of a depth map through a Mac’s embedded camera that could…