Thursday, July 18, 2013

iPhone 5S Fingerprint Sensor likely to be Screen In-Built

The Apple's forthcoming iPhone 5S is likely to have the fingerprint sensor in-built in the scree itself as visualised from the photos of patent available at Patently Apple.

It is reported that the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple on 18th July 2013 that reveals the technology behind their new fingerprint sensor which will be used in a future fingerprint scanner for the iPhone and possibly other iDevices and Macs.

Apple's patent figure below shows a schematic plan view of a future iPhone including a fingerprint sensor for use with its touchscreen display.

The Apple's patent figure shown below is a schematic diagram of electric field flux sensing pixel circuit for use with the fingerprint sensor of the figure shown above.

Apple credits Dale R Setlak (Co-Founder and VP of Research at AuthenTec) as the sole inventor of this patent application which was filed in Q1 2013. This is a patent that Apple acquired through their acquisition of AuthenTec. To review the full patent details and its 20 patent claims, see patent application 20130181949.

For more details, including history of Apple's long drawn efforts to invent the sensor in the screen and many more drawings of the Apple patent of fingerprint sensor, read Patently Apple.

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