New fingerprint sensor patent from Apple revealed in Europe

“In July Patently Apple posted a report revealing one of the patent applications that Apple gained in their acquisition of AuthenTec,” Jack Purcher reports for Patently Apple. “Today, Patently Apple reveals a second patent application that Apple gained in their acquisition that was filed in Europe.”

“There were a few interesting findings in this patent,” Purcher reports. ” One of them reveals that Apple’s future fingerprint scanner has a security feature built-in that will be able to sense ‘live tissue’ so as to reduce spoofing.”

MacDailyNews Take: Aww, no carrying around a dead severed hand à la True Blood.

Purcher reports, “One of Apple’s last patent filings on this subject matter revealed that a fingerprint scanner could also be hidden within a future MacBook or an iDevice bezel. Apple appears to be covering every conceivable angle relating to a future fingerprint scanner.”

Read more in the full article here.

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27 Comments

  1. And what will the smartphone industry pundits say about the iPhone’s fingerprint sensor? Booooring… Been done before… Who needs it… Where’s the bigger display… What innovation?

    We’d better hope consumers love the fingerprint sensor to death, because the tech-heads don’t much care for that sort of stuff. It’s a relatively passive technology when they’re only interested in active tech such as multi-core processors, huge amounts of memory, killer GPUs, super-large displays. To tech-heads a fingerprint sensor will be fodder to chew on and spit out.

  2. The fingerprint sensor will be a huge feature to the general public. It will be on the 5S and result in it breaking all sales records. Looking forward to ordering my champagne colored 5S with either 64 or 128 GB.

    1. Apple’s implementation of the fingerprint security technology will be welcomed and hailed by financial institutions and security experts everywhere. It will become the new security standard to replace fallible password security.

  3. Why does no one seem worried that the NSA will arrange to upload every authentication attempt, the fingerprint along with time and location markers, to a secret activity database? Is better commercial security worth the risk of expanding the police state?

    1. And what possible use could the spooks make of that info?
      It’s no different to keying a passkey, and I’m pretty sure the authentication will be passive, ie all data will be obtained within the device, it won’t connect with any external database, otherwise it couldn’t function in those many, many occasions when the phone has no signal, cellular or wifi.
      Enough of the paranoia, there’s more than enough data to be obtained through text, email and google searches, all correlated against the phones IMEI number, and IP address.
      A single fingerprint to unlock the phone is meaningless.

    2. I had no idea that you were among the aluminum hat brigade. The more complete information those agencies have, the less likely that they can falsely pin something on you. True freedom comes from obedience to the law. Criminals beware!

      1. I did not say that I was worried, only asked if anyone else was. I wanted to learn of any technical barrier to such snooping that guaranteed its impracticality. As for the hat, tin should be used in preference to aluminium, owing to its superior RF attenuation

      2. “The more complete information those agencies have, the less likely that they can falsely pin something on you.”

        Absolutely false.

        The wrong conclusions from seemingly innocent information happens every minute from a wife wrongly accusing her husband of infidelity just because one of his work team with whom he has to work extended hours is a woman to the police arresting someone because their fingerprints were left at the crime scene days before the crime and he happened to be nearby when the crime happened.

        It is theoretically impossible as well as totally impractical to have enough information to not have false positives.

        I’m a firm believer in a strict reading of the U.S. Constitution:
        If you want to know about me, ask me — or get a legally approved warrant. Otherwise stay the hell away.

        1. Thanks for the examples of incomplete information leasing to wrong accusations. I advocate complete information so that it is nearly impossible to be falsely accused and impossible for the guilty to get off on poor information.

            1. 99.9% of the laws are justice based and are fair. Mankind is not inherently evil. It is a beautiful world and we need to focus on the betterment of mankind. There are no plots to ‘get’ anyone except for all those people out to get you.

            2. So you’re not necessarily disagreeing with the notion, you just think the world is generally too good to take advantage of such a thing. I do not think history is on your side.

            3. We once lived in caves but we are constantly progressing. Learning has accelerated and it is difficult to unlearn a truth or to unlearn a better way of dealing with our problems.

  4. Samsung will misinterpret the English word “swipe” and will use the camera to require that the user quickly look left and right to make sure no one is looking before swiping the fingerprint.

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