Apple patents

Enhanced TrueDepth System Could Improve iPhone Biometrics

Enhanced TrueDepth System Could Improve iPhone Biometrics

A new Apple patent suggests that the company is still working to enhance its sophisticated facial recognition technology. The patent describes a compact, next-gen apparatus for Apple’s TrueDepth camera system. This is the component of the iPhone that powers Apple’s Face ID authentication system, projecting a grid of infrared light onto a user’s face in…

Another Report Points to Biometric Sensors in Future AirPods

Another Report Points to Biometric Sensors in Future AirPods

According to a new DigiTimes report, Apple is planning on adding ambient light sensors (ALS) to a future generation of its popular AirPod wireless headphones. Though this new report speculates that the ALS tech in these future AirPods may be health-related, adding to Apple’s growing lineup of biometrically enabled health-focused wearables, it is very similar…

Apple Files Patent for Under-Display Fingerprint Sensor

Apple Files Patent for Under-Display Fingerprint Sensor

Apple is continuing to explore different possibilities for in-display fingerprint recognition. The latest rumors come courtesy of a patent application that was filed with the European Patent Office, which details an “under-display optical fingerprint sensor with narrow field-of-view (NFV) collimator and a thin-film transistor (TFT)-based organic imager.” In plainer terms, the system combines a collimator…

Apple Appears to Leak Name of iPhone Anticipated to Launch This Month

Apple Appears to Leak Name of iPhone Anticipated to Launch This Month

The name of an upcoming iPhone expected to launch later this month with Touch ID on board was leaked by Apple this week on a page on the company’s site advertising a screen protector for the device. The ‘iPhone SE’, as it appears to be called, will be released by Apple as a low-cost addition…

New Apple Patents Aimed at Improving Underwater UX, Screen Orientation

New Apple Patents Aimed at Improving Underwater UX, Screen Orientation

A pair of new patents filed recently by Apple hint that the tech giant is looking into how to make future iPhones fully functional while completely submerged underwater, and using the Face ID system to determine the device’s orientation. As AppleInsider reports, the first patent — titled “Underwater User Interface” — focuses on the usability…

Apple Patent Describes Biometric Head Mounted Display

Apple Patent Describes Biometric Head Mounted Display

A patent filed by Apple with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office details a future Head Mounted Display (HMD) system with interchangeable lenses, and biometric sensors that can identify the wearer. The patent lists a biometric sensor onboard the HMD, which could potentially be used for user authentication. The type of biometric sensor is not…

Apple Patent Application Hints at Face ID for Mac Computers

Apple Patent Application Hints at Face ID for Mac Computers

Face ID could finally be on its way to MacBook and iMac computers. At least, that’s the takeaway from a newly published Apple patent application that details a “Light Recognition Module for Determining a User of a Computing Device.” While the language in the title is more generic, the patent essentially describes a facial recognition…

Apple Files Patent to Protect Privacy by Tracking User’s Gaze

Apple Files Patent to Protect Privacy by Tracking User’s Gaze

Tech giant Apple has recently filed a patent for a technology that protects the user’s privacy by tracking their gaze. The tech is referred to in the patent as “Gaze-dependent display encryption”, and relies on facial recognition to determine if the device owner is the one looking at the screen, and eye tracking to determine…

Verizon Tech, Political News, and Mobile Patents in This Week’s Top Mobile ID Stories

Verizon Tech, Political News, and Mobile Patents in This Week’s Top Mobile ID Stories

This week’s roundup of Mobile ID World’s top stories features a new set of cybersecurity solutions, some 5G drama, and smartphone tech both real and imagined. First up, the announcement of new cybersecurity solutions from a perhaps surprising source: the telecom Verizon, which is offering new tech supporting cloud-based threat detection, blockchain security, and mobile…

Apple Receives Patent for Foldable iDevices

Apple Receives Patent for Foldable iDevices

A new Apple patent offers a more detailed look at a potential foldable device. The patent is one of a whopping 66 Apple patents recently granted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and specifically describes techniques for the development of flexible cover sheets made of glass or some other ceramic material. According to the…

Apple Patent Details Possible Device Authentication System

Apple Patent Details Possible Device Authentication System

Apple has been exploring a system that would allow users to gain access to multiple IoT devices from a central hub. The details of the system are included in a patent application that was recently published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The patent depicts a head-mounted device that could be paired with other…

Apple Patent Application Places Touch ID in the Crown of the Apple Watch

Apple Patent Application Places Touch ID in the Crown of the Apple Watch

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has published an Apple patent application that would essentially turn the Apple Watch’s digital crown into a Touch ID sensor. The crown would stick out from the main body of the watch, and use light-transmission technology to guide an image of the user’s finger to a sensor located within…

2021 iPhone to Have Capacitive Touch ID-Enabled Power Button: Ming-Chi Kuo

2021 iPhone to Have Capacitive Touch ID-Enabled Power Button: Ming-Chi Kuo

A report from TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicts that Apple will re-introduce Touch ID in a coming iPhone to be released in 2021. The power button on the device’s side will be capacitive and feature a fingerprint scanner, according to the Kuo’s report. Apple abandoned Touch ID and its use of biometric fingerprint…

Biometric OLED-based Touch ID Detailed in New Apple Patent

Biometric OLED-based Touch ID Detailed in New Apple Patent

A newly published Apple patent application details yet another technology that points to the eventual return of Touch ID. This time, the patent specifically concerns OLED screens, and explains how the screens can be used to deliver a form of in-display fingerprint recognition on phones, laptops, and other mobile devices. If Apple follows through with…

New Apple Pencil Patent Hints at Future Touch ID Support

New Apple Pencil Patent Hints at Future Touch ID Support

A new patent filed by Apple suggests that there may be a future version of the Apple Pencil that will be equipped with a biometric fingerprint scanner, advanced gesture support and perhaps even a camera. The first generation of the Apple Pencil was launched in 2015 with that year’s iPad Pro model, with a refresh…

Apple Awarded Patent for In-Display Touch ID

Apple Awarded Patent for In-Display Touch ID

Apple has been awarded a patent for an optical sensor that could be used for an under-display fingerprint scanner in a future iPhone, and a report from Patently Apple says the same sensor technology is already in use the new 16-inch MacBook Pro. While previous iPhones with fingerprint scanners used capacitive sensors, this patent calls…

New Apple Patent Could Improve Face ID with Partial Face Recognition

New Apple Patent Could Improve Face ID with Partial Face Recognition

Apple has filed a patent application for an improved version of Face ID that would be able to recognize partial faces and overcome poor lighting conditions. The newly published application was filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The patent specifically concerns a neural network module for a device equipped with a TrueDepth camera.…

Apple Patent Describes Gaze Tracking System

Apple Patent Describes Gaze Tracking System

A newly granted patent suggests that Apple is continuing to refine its Face ID face scanning system, and may even be planning to bring it to its laptop and desktop devices. As Patently Apple reports, the new patent concerns gaze and head tracking. It outlines how infrared light can be used to track a user’s…

An Apple-heavy Serving of This Week’s Top Mobile ID Stories

An Apple-heavy Serving of This Week’s Top Mobile ID Stories

It’s been another varied week in the world of mobile identity, but in Mobile ID World’s latest roundup of top stories, Apple took the biggest slice of reader attention, as it sometimes does. What’s a bit more surprising is that two of Apple’s three highly popular articles concern one of its less popular (in relative…

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