“Future iPhones and iPads could move Apple’s Touch ID fingerprint sensor from the device’s home button to the display itself, allowing a more seamless and potentially dynamic way for a device to securely authenticate a user,” Neil Hughes reports for AppleInsider.

“The possible future of Touch ID was revealed in a new patent application published on Thursday by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office entitled ‘Fingerprint Sensor in an Electronic Device,'” Hughes reports. “Specifically, the filing describes how Apple might include a fingerprint sensor into the display stack on a device like an iPhone.”

“Apple’s latest proposed invention related to a touchscreen Touch ID would allow the device to capture a single fingerprint at a pre-determined fixed location on the display,” Hughes reports. “For example, an iPhone’s lock screen or a third-party application could ask a user to place their finger in a specific spot on the screen in order to scan it and verify their identity.”

Read more, and see Apple’s patent application illustrations, in the full article here.