Future Apple Watch may add Touch ID and hidden camera under the screen
Sina Digital News on the morning of December 16, according to foreign media macrumors, according to two newly published patent applications, Apple is considering adding Touch ID and an under-screen hidden camera to the Apple Watch.
Foreign media Patently Apple discovered a patent granted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office titled “Electronic Device with Sealed Button Biometric Sensing System.”
Touch ID integrated into the Apple Watch’s side button
This patent application explains how to integrate Touch ID into the Apple Watch’s side buttons, and what practical purpose it can serve.
Touch ID can be used for user identification, device unlocking and app authorization. It’s not hard to see why Apple is adding Touch ID to the Apple Watch. For now, the Apple Watch still relies on the use of a passcode, which doesn’t prompt again until the device is removed from the wrist. Biometric authentication allows Apple to guarantee greater security when users use the Apple Watch or make transactions with Apple Pay.
There may also be hidden cameras
In addition to Touch ID, another patent was also exposed. The patent title is “electronic device with two-level Display“. It outlines how to layer a Display so that it contains a camera and a flash that are only visible from the outside when needed.
The two-level display technology will also work on other devices, like the iPhone, eliminating the notch. But the focus of this patent is on the Apple Watch.
The technology works by allowing an electronic device to provide a two-level display, which can have an inner layer with an array of pixels to display the image, and an outer layer formed of a light modulator that has An array of cells, each of which can be placed in either a transparent mode or a light-blocking mode. This layer can be effectively turned off.
In this case, the camera shutter can have an appearance that matches the housing of the electronic device. When an image needs to be captured, a control circuit in the electronic device can temporarily put the shutter in a transparent mode to allow light from the flash or light captured by the camera to pass through.
The main thing holding back the Apple Watch from becoming a wrist-worn video communication tool is the lack of a camera, and if the patent comes to fruition, it would be a revolutionary change for the Apple Watch.