iPhone XI may feature a full screen Touch ID
More and more devices are ditching rear mounted fingerprint scanners and opting for in-display readers. Apple looks like it may be hopping onto the bandwagon soon with the iPhone XI but it will be a little more interesting than other device’s fingerprint readers. The new technology is called “acoustic imaging”.
Acoustic imaging works very differently to current gen in-display fingerprint readers. Waves are sent from under the display will recognize your fingerprint when placed on any part of the screen and also recognizes when you are trying to unlock your phone.
What makes it more interesting is that the patent also shows that the technology would recognize ears (Ear ID, anyone?). While the idea does sound pretty wild but it does make sense some sense. Imagine not having to swipe or press on your device to answer a call but just simply raise the phone up to your ear instead.
While this patent was submitted by Apple on the 30th of April, it was actually filed at the end of 2016 so we may just be seeing this technology implemented on the iPhone XI. As of right now, we have only seen the vivo APEX 2019 concept phone with a full screen fingerprint unlock. However, do take this info with a dash of salt as patents are simply just ideas that a company is considering so we may not be seeing this technology at all. I really hope this does happen as last year’s iPhone XS, XS Max and XR ditched Touch ID altogether in favour of Face ID. I don’t know about you guys but I feel like a fingerprint unlock is way more secure than Face ID. What do you think? Keep up with the latest iPhone XI leaks and updates on TechNave.com!