Apple Patent Shows Enhanced Touch ID Security Through Fingertip-Motion Tracking

Apple Patent Shows Enhanced Touch ID Security Through Fingertip-Motion Tracking

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Apple has shown interest in enhancing Touch ID security through fingertip-motion tracking, according to a recently published patent. Originally filed in June 2013, the patent application demonstrates how Touch ID authentication could be paired with an on-screen UI to further enhance device security.

An electronic device may include a finger biometric sensor, a display, and a processor coupled to the finger biometric sensor and the display. The processor may be switchable between a user-interface locked mode and a user-interface unlocked mode. The processor may be capable of determining a pattern of input motions on the finger biometric sensor and displaying an image on the display corresponding to the pattern of input motions. The processor may also be capable of switching between the user-interface locked mode and the user-interface unlocked mode when the pattern of input motions matches a stored pattern representing a user unlock code.

For instance in one example, a user rotates their finger on the Touch ID sensor to input a security code on a combination lock displayed on the device. The patent notes that the user must complete the pattern of motions in order to successfully unlock the device. Another example demonstrates a user "swiping" across the Touch ID sensor to match a corresponding pattern. Both example's rely on technology created by AuthenTec, which Apple acquired back in 2012.

Apple has already evolved Touch ID into more than just a way to unlock your device. With iOS 8, developers can use Touch ID as an easier way to authenticate users. Additionally, the "Reachability" feature of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus prove the Touch ID sensor can be used for more than authentication.

There's no way to tell if this would ever become a reality, but it is interesting to see Apple exploring different ways to enhance device security through Touch ID.

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Apple Patent Shows Enhanced Touch ID Security Through Fingertip-Motion Tracking
? - December 18, 2014 at 8:11pm
So you can have a pin code and touchid
Sasman - December 18, 2014 at 10:47pm
Who knows, maybe fingerprint gestures make it unlock number by number the way it's positioned. Bet Samsung still has work to do to catch up like they planned with Apple pay.
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