Apple is reportedly looking at integrating their Touch ID fingerprint sensing technology in to the touchscreens of upcoming iPhones and iPads.
The concept was revealed via a new patent application credited to one Dale R. Setlak, co-founder of AuthenTec, the company bought out by Apple to drive the current Touch ID tech. The application has been given the catchy name of: "Electronic Device Switchable to a User-Interface Unlocked Mode Based Upon a Pattern of Input Motions and Related Methods," and it describes how the sensor might interact with the UI in letting them past the unlock screen.
In one diagram, a user is shown rotating their finger to manipulate a digital combination lock displayed on screen. The patent filing also reveals that its virtual combination lock would be responsible to a pattern of input motions that must be completed by the user.
It's thought the "Smart Sensor" technology within the home button could be used for more complex uses, in time, such as an optical joystick or for fast scrolling.
Well there just has to be a better way of getting past a lock screen, doesn’t there? So this sounds promising.
Source: Apple Insider
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