Apple to embed antennas and Contact ID within the show: report
Future Apple iPhones may come with larger screens that may have a Touch ID fingerprint reader and antennas built into the display. This could provide better WiFi and cellular connectivity and improve reception for the company’s devices.
According to an AppleInsider report, the Cupertino-based giant may be working on providing better signal reception for its users while providing a more secure user authentication system. This would also result in thinner bezels and notches, and give its customers more screen real estate. The company could achieve this by placing both the Touch ID and antennas under the display.
There have been multiple reports in the past that Apple is working on an in-display fingerprint reader for its Touch ID system. Over the past year, various patents had surfaced covering topics such as acoustic imaging, infrared, and more. In addition, these features have been the subject of many rumors and allegations from well-known analyst Ming-Chi Kuo and his leaks on Twitter.
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In addition to housing Touch ID under the display, the company has pending related patents that cover the use of these layers to house an RF antenna in the display. Since the WiFi and cellular antennas have to be exposed for signals, it is better for the connectivity and reception of the device if an antenna takes up an entire page over a single thin band. This was described in Apple’s most recent patent entitled “Display Integratable Hybrid Transparent Antenna”.
The patent application states: “Today’s wireless systems (e.g. smartwatches or other devices with a predominant display function) seek a borderless display with a smaller bezel or a bezel-less display solution. Especially for wearable devices such as smartwatches, smart glasses or smart health-related monitoring devices, the display is small and the number of radio devices (e.g. Bluetooth, GPS, WiFi, 3G / 4G / LTE, FM, etc.) that it supports is low and the associated antennas are increasing. “
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