Brace yourself, because Apple might really kill the iconic home button with built-in Touch ID fingerprint sensor on the iPhone 8.
A newly granted patent, discovered by AppleInsider, reveals Apple is at least exploring the idea of integrating the fingerprint sensor into the display, making Touch ID’s existing “capacitive drive ring” around the home button (and the button itself) unnecessary for future iPhones.
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The patent outlines the use of a new type of display technology that uses embedded micro LEDs and an IR diode to essentially scan and detect the position of a finger on the screenLuxVue, a company Apple acquired in 2014 that specializes in low-power micro LED displays, is reportedly behind the technology. Read more…