Recently, leaked photos of the iPhone 5S Box showing a redesigned iPhone 5S Home button has caused quite a stir on the internet with many media outlets reporting that these images might be genuine. The main reason for the excitement was that the silver ring on the Home button suggest that Apple may be using the fingerprint sensor technology from AuthenTec, a company they bought last year. Yesterday, we briefly covered AuthenTec’s fingerprint technology and how Apple could incorporate this into their iPhone.
However, Patently Apple has ousted a recent patent by Apple, which detailed the invention behind the fingerprint scanner technology and described in how it will be implemented.
Surprisingly, the fingerprint scanning technology will also incorporate Near Field Communication (NFC) to improve accuracy and reliability . This is surprising given that Apple has recently questioned the need of NFC at this moment in their products.
According to Patently Apple, Apple’s patent application stated that: “Challenges can arise when incorporating input-output devices such as sensors and wireless circuits in an electronic device. For example, wireless part should generally not be blocked by conductive structures in a device, which can make it difficult to properly place a wireless component within an electronic device housing. If care is not taken, wireless devices and other input-output devices may consume more space within a device than is desired or may add undesired cost or complexity to a device.”
The above statement clearly shows that Apple is well aware of the limitations of this technology. And to address these concerns, Apple has used innovated methods to make sure the technology works as described.
Here are some key Claims of the patent:
This would be pretty cool if it’s implemented as described in the patent. Here’s hoping that Apple’s engineers pull this one off.