Apple patent application details fingerprint scanner hidden within bezel of iOS devices, MacBooks and beyond

“Apple has been working on biometric sensors for fingerprint scanners for [iOS devices] and the MacBook since at least 2009,” Jack Purcher reports for Patently Apple.

“In 2010 we reported that Apple was working on a fingerprint scanner that could work under a device’s display and in late 2012 Apple revealed their fingerprint scanner for use as an e-commerce and general security feature for the iPhone,” Purcher reports. “Today, the US Patent and Trademark Office revealed Apple’s latest alternative fingerprint scanner design that could be integrated directly into the bezel of a given device.”

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Purcher reports, “In operation, a user will simply swipe a finger over a surface of the sensor. The sensor will capture a number of thin strips of the fingerprint as the finger is swiped, and the complete fingerprint is assembled in software for use in authentication. Such a sensor apparatus is typically preferred when a compact sensor is desired.”

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

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11 Comments

    1. It’s not a fingerprint. It’s a finger pattern. And it’s pretty common to be a thin sensor. Many of the Lenovo laptops all have a fingerprint reader in a narrow bar that you run your finger over. It’s very natural and works quite well.

      1. Yep I used the fingerprint scammer on my Thinkpad years ago (2006?) and it worked great. Using the included utility it would remember all your logins for various sites and apps. Really nice so let hope Apple does this.

  1. OK great. Not content with snooping on our electronic communications, PRISM is now going to start requesting these biometric scans be collected and sent for indexing.

    I will not be pushed, filed, stamped, indexed, briefed, debriefed or numbered!

    1. Yeah too late. In Texas you’re required to be fingerprinted for drivers licenses, concealed carry, passports, etc. So I’m sure the NSA already has this info.

    2. Tinfoil man, you use a computer, don’t you? Presumably you have a passport, and a drivers licence, a bank account, and other official documents? You’ve already been filed, indexed and numbered. If you imagine otherwise, you’re an even bigger idiot than you seem to be.
      The same goes for Docwallaby. Grow up and try to get a grip on reality.

  2. Being that I’m not a criminal, I’ll accept fingerprint scanning if it better secures my devices and makes it easier to make purchases with my iPhone as an iWallet. Though MacFreaks view of a Retina Scan is really an interesting twist. It would give new meaning to the Retina Display. I just don’t see it as being practical in retail stores.

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