With off-screen fingerprints almost standard for Android’s flagship machine, and constantly sinking into the thousand-dollar market, when will Apple incorporate the technology into its existing product line? It comes after news that Apple is developing an ultrasonic fingerprint sensor, or scant on the S10, that will be more accurate than an optical fingerprint sensor. The latest patent suggests that the Apple Watch could get on-screen fingerprint technology before iPhone.
The patent was filed in the second quarter of 2018 and was only recently collected and made public, Patently Apple reported. The patent focuses on embedding a communications antenna in the strap (which is expected to be a killer), but mentions that the watch’s screen could include “one or more input devices, such as touch-sensing devices, sensing devices, temperature-sensing devices, and/or fingerprint sensors.” “
Currently, the Apple Watch is primarily certified through a PIN system and pairing/nearthe iPhone, and unlocking in a payment scenario is not ideal. And Apple’s main-pushed Face ID is clearly not suitable for the Apple Watch, so off-screen fingerprinting might be a great solution.