The best iPhone leaks this year have come directly from Apple – and on too many occasions for it to be a coincidence. Now, with stalling iPhone sales resulting in significant price cuts and legal battles pushing legally motivated iOS updates, Apple AAPL +1.28% is at it again changing the narrative by subtly teasing a red-hot new iPhone upgrade…
Picked up by the ever-alert Patently Apple, Apple has quietly filed a patent detailing the return of Touch ID and how it would work alongside Face ID in new iPhones. What’s more, this is Touch ID unlike anything iPhone users have experienced before.
Taking inspiration from rivals, Apple shows-off work to build Touch ID into the display of iPhones. For example, Apple’s patent demonstrates it operating as a backup to Face ID for unlocking iPhones but it can also operate as a standalone authentication method itself.
“[T]oday’s report does in fact show interfaces confirming that dual biometrics could be coming to future iPhones”, confirms Patently Apple and the news also means that where there was once smoke, it is beginning to look a lot like fire.
Why? Because this is Apple’s second leak detailing an in-display Touch ID iPhone in a month. Earlier in December, Apple also filed new iPhone Touch ID patents devised by engineer Dale Setlak, who joined from Authentec, the company Apple bought in 2012 to acquire the technology behind Touch ID.