“Dedicated fingerprint sensors may be nearing extinction,” Nate Swanner reports for TNW. “Today, Sonovation announced technology that puts ultrasonic biometric sensors under Gorilla Glass that can be used to read fingerprints.”
“The technology includes manufacturing and bonding the sensors directly to the display material,” Swanner reports. “Currently, Sonovation is only announcing compatibility with Corning Gorilla Glass; likely not a problem unless Apple can manufacture Sapphire glass on a large scale for use in iPhones.”
“Of course, this is just an announcement of a cool new technology,” Swanner reports. “There’s still no word on when we might see it on our phones and tablets, but the clock is ticking for home buttons and dedicated sensors.”
Read more in the full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: Eventually, removing that physical Home button will allow iOS devices to become even more invisible to the user. Just a screen, no bezels or anything else, that’s the ultimate goal.
Apple working on eliminating the Home button on iPhone, iPad, sources say – June 22, 2015
Apple files for patent to move Touch ID fingerprint scanner from home button to display – February 9, 2015
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Brawndo Drinker” for the heads up.]