When Apple released iPhone X last year, the company made a point to mark the idea that the device's face ID is a superior security feature than the dear Touch ID that debuted on the iPhone 5S. However, if newer patents are some indication, it may only be a matter of time before Apple reinserts Touch ID to its selection of devices.
The feature outlined in the patent, discovered by Patently Apple would probably not make it to 2018 iPhones, but the function itself can not take years to implement either. This is because the technology outlined in the document, which is designated by a patent application 201
Setlak's archives describe a design that involves the use of multiple cameras under the smartphone display, enabling the device to mapping the 3D structure of the user's fingerprints for authentication. This is similar to the technology used in devices like the Vivo X21 and the Samsung Galaxy S10 reputation. Apple's patent, however, takes the idea a step further, with the system working virtually anywhere on the screen.
In a way, the upcoming Touch ID generation is another sign that Apple pushes the device's security systems in the future. Apple anticipates iPhone to be a potential replacement for documents that fit in the future and having an improved fingerprint sensor will definitely help the tech giant in achieving that goal. In combination with face ID, the enhanced display-based touch ID even creates an incredibly secure system that will only respond when the Face ID and Touch ID identifies the user. Such a system would make Apple's already secure devices even safer.
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The latest iPhone iterations X are expected to be unveiled once in the next few weeks. For now, there are speculations that Apple delivers three new devices this year – a direct sequel to iPhone X, a larger iPhone X Plus and a budget LCD-screened 6.1 inch iPhone. The prices for the devices are not yet announced, but speculation is high that smartphones will be priced more competitive than Apple's former flagship.
Speculation is also high that Apple will unveil its latest iPhones, along with a renewed Apple Watch Series 4 and possibly even a new MacBook Air, September 12, 2018, according to a Forbes report.