Apple Inc. (AAPL) Files For Touch ID Sensor Patent

Another Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) patent was filed on Thursday. The United States Patent and Trademark Office published the patent application for the sapphire lens of Touch ID Fingerprint Sensors and electronic packaging. This patent was named “Capacitive Sensor Packaging” and it looks exactly like the built-in feature on the iPhone 5S.

More insights on Apple’s Touch ID patent

Patently Apple offered a little bit more insight on the background for the new feature:

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“Capacitive sensing of fingerprints provides for collection of fingerprint information in response to distinct measures of capacitance between, on the one hand, one or more capacitive plates in a fingerprint recognition sensor, and on the other hand, ridges and valleys of a user’s finger (such as the epidermis of the user’s finger, or possibly, subdermal layers of the user’s finger). It sometimes occurs that measurements of capacitance involve introduction of electric charge on the epidermis of the user’s finger. This can have the effect that only a small amount of charge can be introduced without the user feeling the charge, sometimes as a tingling or other noticeable effect on the epidermis of the user’s finger.”

The Touch ID home button finger print scanner may soon be found on other Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) products including the iPad, MacBook, iMac, and iPod Touch devices. The tech giant also noted that the fingerprint recognition sensor circuit might work with other elements that perform infrared, optical, or other sensing which could be paired to the fingerprint user’s epidermis, subdermal portion or other feature.

Patent application filing

This application was initially filed on March 15th. The following nine inventors were credited for the creation of this patent: Benjamin Pope, Shawn Arnold, Barry Corlett, Terry Gilton, Syed Husaini, Steven Webster, Scott Myers, Matthew Hill, and Benjamin Lyon.

This patent filing is another win for Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL). As mentioned before, this new patent offers a lot of possibilities.