Following the revelation of a patent for off-screen fingerprint technology, another new patent suggests that the upcoming Apple Watch is expected to be equipped with Face ID facial recognition technology. Detailing how the camera will be integrated into the Apple Watch in the patent description has led to some speculation, such as support for Face ID technology sooner or later.
While the Face ID on the Apple Watch is certainly inefficient, it will certainly not be used for device access, but, for example, when accessing sensitive data is likely to be used as a means of authentication. Apple’s patent also states that in addition to providing a means to take quick photos, the camera “allows users to capture images of objects nearby in the environment, such as barcodes or QR codes.”
The patent also details how the Apple Watch strap is equipped with sensors to further extend the device’s functionality. In addition to the camera, the patent states that the Apple Watch will be equipped with sensors that will further expand the product’s capabilities, such as sensors that measure muscle activity, the most important function of which is to provide data feedback when the user is performing a specific movement.
Last week, prominent analyst Guo Mingxuan released an investor report saying the Apple Watch 6 would provide better water resistance, faster mobile network speeds and WiFi speeds, as well as improveoverall performance. The recently released Apple Watch 5 doesn’t have a lot of eye-catching new features, so it’s only natural that the next generation of Apple Watch will bring a lot of updates.
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