Apple’s most recent patent filing reveals plans to beef up Touch ID and bring it back to the iPhone in 2020, plus the most important updated to Apple’s new MacBooks.
In today’s roundup we’re dissecting Apple’s latest patent filing, which reveals new details of Touch ID 2.0 and could come to the next generation of iPhones. We’re also breaking down all the most important changes to the new MacBook Pros, including what the company’s doing about the keyboard. And in case that wasn’t enough, Apple also sent out WWDC invites this week and possibly revealed some clues about what it’s announcing at the developer’s conference.
Apple could bring Touch ID back to the next iPhone
There have been plenty of rumors about an in-screen fingerprint scanner on the next iPhone, dating back to the pre-Face ID days. But Apple’s latest patent all but confirms the company’s plans to bring back Touch ID in the future. Just maybe not all that soon.
The latest patent, published in Patently Apple, shows how the company plans to embed pinhole cameras behind the screen of the phone, which would be capable of creating a 3D map of your fingerprint regardless of where you position your finger.
Apple likely wouldn’t be replacing Face ID anytime soon, but it this new in-screen Touch ID could be used as a supplementary form of biometric identification to make your iPhone even more secure.
What’s exciting about this patent is that it shows pictures of a working prototype, meaning Apple is pretty far along in the development process. The bad news is that it likely wouldn’t be ready to go into mass production until the 2020 cycle. This is also the year Apple is rumored to be bringing 5G connectivity to the iPhone after reaching a settlement with Qualcomm to use they’re 5G chips. And 2020 can’t come soon enough.
This year’s iPhone 11 is rumored to have few major changes, aside from a three-camera array on the back and reverse wireless charging. An in-screen fingerprint scanner might have helped entice users to upgrade with the next iPhone release.