Apple patent details a pressure sensitive Touch ID. Add to the start button?

Today a new one has been released Apple patent that will not leave many users alone. It suggests that the iPhones of the future will continue using the start button … or not. The described speaks of a Touch ID that would be pressure sensitive, something like the Force Touch of the Apple Watch or its second generation, the 3D Touch that is present in the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus. At this point, surely many of you are thinking the same as me: And they could not include it on the screen?

The patent has been called “Fingerprint sensor with force sensitive input”And describes a mechanism and cases that integrate a pressure sensitive surface into a biometric safety sensor, which means that it would join in a same point 3D Touch technology and Touch ID. All this would add to a function that Apple is not yet using: the possibility of sliding gestures on the Touch ID.

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<p>The patent details something very similar to the system used in the 3D Touch used in the latest iPhone models. Unlike the Apple Watch Force Touch mechanism, which is based on different electrodes integrated around the periphery of a screen, the 3D Touch and what is detailed in this patent incorporates a <strong>capacitive sensor panel</strong> integrated with the iPhone's backlit HD Retina panel.</p>
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In the case of the Touch ID, this new technology would allow, for example, unlock an iPhone just by touching (without sinking) the Touch ID with a registered finger, while sinking the button we would unlock the terminal and open a previously configured application (the idea of ​​eliminating the start button with this patent…). As with 3D Touch, depending on the pressure different commands could be launched (with this, hope returns), such as responding to recent messages.

As we always say, that a patent has been filed does not mean that we will see it on any device, but it tells us what a company works on. Of course, it is inevitable to imagine that they integrate the fingerprint sensor with the 3D Touch and eliminate, finally, that button that has brought us so many joys and sorrows. The issue of sinking the button can only mean that you press harder, as we do now for shortcuts or Peek & Pop. What do you think? Do you see it possible?

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