While Apple may have waited for the iPhone 5s before it introduced Touch ID, it’s been working on the technology since shortly after the launch of the original iPhone. A patent first filed in 2007 was finally granted today, and includes the use of a fingerprint sensor in laptops – though the drawing Apple used to illustrate the concept seemingly dates back even further than 2007!
A finger sensing apparatus may include a finger sensor including an integrated circuit (IC) substrate, an array of finger sensing elements on the IC substrate, and match circuitry on the IC substrate for performing final finger matching. […] FIG. 1 is a perspective view of an electronic device in the form of a laptop computer including a finger sensor and enhanced security in accordance with the present invention.
The patent also covers use in desktop computers, aka the iMac today, embedding the sensor into the keyboard …
The computer 10 is illustratively shown to be a laptop computer, but the present invention is applicable to other computers (e.g. desktop computers) as well.
It would of course be no surprise for Apple to add a Touch ID sensor to future MacBooks and keyboards after making the security system standard in iPhones and iPads. We haven’t yet seen any sign of this, however, with Apple having passed up an opportunity to add Touch ID to the new Magic Keyboard.
Via Patently Apple
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But . . . . Wait . . . . Samesung had this 2 years before Apple – they just forgot to apply for the Patent.;)
Samesung. I take it the 13 in your name is how old you are?
I think they meant Samesung as in Samsung does the same things as Apple…a jab at them copying off Apple…
Old enough to ignore you!
Obviously not – because you replied.
Take a look at the Pebble Time. Then take a look at Apple Time Travel on the Apple Watch. It is a BLATANT copy of the functionality of the Pebble Time. I know, I have both.
My point is this – everybody copies off everyone else. You know it, I know it, Tim Cook knows it, “Samesung” knows it. But it isn’t me who is in denial. It’s obviously you.
This doesn’t have anything to do with TouchID that I can tell. That was part of an acquisition of Authentec in 2012.
The patent was for fingerprint access to laptops and desktops – clearly when Apple implements that, it will use Touch ID technology to do so.
But the patents don’t cover the technology in Touch ID, which was independently created by Authentec prior to Apple’s acquisition. Apple files hundreds of patents every year, it doesn’t mean they will ever implement the details of any particular patent nor does it mean that there isn’t another (or multiple) similar patents files or acquired.
I’m just saying this is a non-story and not related to Touch ID as the headline implies. It’s click-bait.
I regularly apply that rider when discussing Apple patents, but in this case it’s a lock in my view. I would be absolutely astonished if Apple didn’t bring Touch ID to Macs.
Look at the block diagram and functional description for the patent. It does not describe TouchID which works differently. Should Apple incorporate a biometric sensor into any desktop, it most assuredly will be TouchID as you’d mentioned, but it will not be what’s described in this patent, which is ridiculously old and significant;y outmoded by TouchID.
Not all old images are hilarious¡ Here’s a clamshell phone from Apple:
Unable to make the pic smaller…this WordPress software is getting to me…
+1 on that PhilBoogie…. This web design is a super-fad and I will be glad when the 9to5 web designers grow weary of it.
If only patents required the company to show a working prototype, we wouldn’t be in the mess we are in now.