The iPhone is the world's most popular smartphone, with newer iterations usually unveiled in September each year. This year the iPhone is expected to get a major cosmetic upgrade, which could offer new features including a triple camera setup, an improved display, a bigger battery, and more.
However, a recent report by Patently Apple suggests that Apple is working on an alternate Touch ID methodology and could soon implement it on the iPhone XI or iPhone 11 models. This implementation will involve putting an in-display fingerprint sensor, using which owners will be able to register their fingerprints on any part of the display and unlock the phone.
Called "Apple's Next-gen Touch ID", this technology will enable the fixing of optical image sensors below the phone's display.
Apple notes in its patent filing that an acoustic imaging system can be configured to map the biometrically-unique features of a user finger for size, shape, skin patterns, and scar patterns and so on.
If true, this implementation would help Apple compete with players like OnePlus, Huawei, and Samsung in the premium smartphone market. All of these OEMs have flagship models with in-display fingerprint sensors, optical or ultrasound.