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Apple fans waved their fists in the air when Apple killed Touch ID, its fingerprint recognition system. The feature was replaced with Face ID, which was said to have had a one-in-a-million chance of your device being unlocked by someone else—in comparison with Touch ID’s probability of one in 50,000—when it debuted. Apple has since introduced an “improved” Face ID with iPhones XS and XS Max.
Thankfully for those who want the best of both worlds, a new patent filed by Apple at the European Patent Office (EPO) suggests that the tech giant might consider integrating both Face ID and Touch ID in an iPhone.
In the document uncovered by blog Patently Apple, Apple surprisingly admits that its facial recognition tech doesn’t work all the time. It “require[s] a user to almost perfectly align a biometric feature in a same manner during both enrollment and each iteration of authentication,” which could spur “false negatives.”
The patent recommends a system that would prompt Touch ID if Face ID fails to approve purchases or bank logins. Unfortunately, the filing doesn’t cover anything about this version of Touch ID being able to unlock iPhones.
With that being said, Apple is known to go on patenting sprees for legal coverage, and such technologies often don’t come to fruition.
Should Touch ID make a comeback, though, it could be revived through iPhone’s purported new screens that are made by Samsung. The Y-OCTA display fuses the touch sensor into OLED panels, which means Touch ID could be made possible without a home button.[via Intelligencer, cover image via Apple]