When Apple launched the iPhone X, and after that its successors, it was believed that the Touch ID for iPhone was a thing of the past, and that face recognition technology was the future for which the company would turn completely. However, it does not appear to be the case, as new patents suggest that Apple still does not give up its fingerprint.
One of the latest patents in connection with this technology reveals perhaps the most radical approach to fingerprint scanning to date, since, according to the patent, the company is planning a scanner under the iPhone display, but not in the same way as rival manufacturers do. Namely, Apple does not rely on the ultrasonic method in the new patent when scanning the prints, but on cameras that are placed under the screen, which will be used for scanning. The patent also suggests that the scanning area will be larger than that of competing manufacturers, and will occupy almost the entire iPhone display, which means that it will be easier for users to identify themselves in this way because they will not have to target a small surface that serves for scanning. In addition to serving as a security measure, new scanning technology will also be able to monitor vital user functions.
Since Apple has been focusing on features to monitor the health of users for some time, it is assumed that some options related to this field will appear in the new patent. For now, it's still only a patent, so it remains to be seen whether the company will set it up for future iPhone models, and the frequency of such patents suggests that Apple will not give up fingerprint scanning technology for some time.