It’s been a year and a half since the presentation of the iPhone 5s and the Touch ID and nobody doubts its meaning anymore. What’s more, over time it has become increasingly popular as it has become more integrated and all those who have tried it not only fail to conceive of an iOS device without Touch ID but claim it has arrived in the Mac world.
However there is one aspect that Touch ID penalizes, especially on the iPhone, its size . The obligation to keep the Home button means that the frames cannot be reduced and the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are larger than their competitors in the same range of inches. Although this could have its days numbered.
The idea of relocating the Touch ID has been going around in the heads of Apple engineers for some time. Where would be the best place to locate a fingerprint reader? The screen . And that’s what they seem to be working on at Cupertino, because according to one of Apple’s latest patents filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, this would be the place they would have in mind for future generations of both the iPhone and the iPad.
This patent details how the fingerprint sensor would be integrated into the screen itself , laminated as a further layer. This would mean that the number of fingerprints to be configured to recognize a user could be played with, and the system could require more than one fingerprint at a time to unlock the device or make a payment.
If this comes to fruition it could mean a design change on the iPhone and iPad. Leave aside the Home button , a real icon of these devices as the click wheel on the iPod was once, and thus take better advantage of the front surface of the devices with the consequent reduction in size. Do you think it would be good to change?