Apple has been granted two quite ‘big’ patents today that indicate a bezel-less, edge-to-edge display, and a fingerprint sensor embedded inside that display. Can we really safely conclude that the next Apple flagship will rock a display, such as the one shown in the patent pics?
As for the Touch ID sensor, tech manufacturers have struggled for some time to build a display with embedded fingerprint sensors. Apple’s patent explains that its main purpose would be to ease on-screen authentication. Reading through the patent, it’s interesting to explore the tech behind the sensor. The actual fingerprint reading does not take place at screen level, but input from the sensor panel is transported for processing to a different part of the device.
While all of this does gets us truly excited about what tech Apple might offer in the next iPhone, we are an official statement short of knowing whether the instant patents will indeed make a debut in a device this autumn.