“On Tuesday Apple was granted a patent for a two-step unlock screen feature that has yet to be implemented,” Jack Purcher reports for Patently Apple.

“Apple introduces us to an all-new unlock screen feature that utilizes higher integrated security features via biometrics that could also be used in e-Commerce transactions,” Purcher reports. “In late September we reported on Intel’s big push into building biometrics into future Wintel devices – and so it comes as no surprise that we now find that Apple has been refining next wave e-Commerce security features using highly sophisticated biometrics.”

Purcher reports, “To accelerate their biometric projects Apple recently acquired AuthenTec in July. The race is definitely on to get consumers ready for the next wave of e-Commerce transactions and to ensure that they’re processed securely. ”

Much more in the full article, including Apple’s patent application illustrations, here.