July 30, 2015 -
Apple has been granted a series of patents related to a new technology entitled, “Finger Biometric Sensor including Laterally Adjacent Piezoelectric Transducer Layer and Associated Methods“, according to a report by Patently Apple.
Originally filed in the fourth quarter of 2013, the patent was officially published this week by the US Patent and Trademark Office.
The patent covers Apple’s invention relating to the field of electronics, with a particular focus on the field of finger biometric sensors and associated manufacturing methods.
In the patent, Apple describes a process in which it adds a tactile feedback feature to future Apple devices, such as the iPhone.
The finger biometric sensor may also include a sense circuit combined with the transducer electrodes to sense from the piezoelectric transducer layer to define transducer electrodes.
The finger biometric sensor may provide tactile feedback to the user’s finger, it may provide finger presence detection for power control, or it may provide both.
Apple credits Dale Setlak, James Neil, Daryl Williams, Richard Jones and Nicolaas Van Vonno as the inventors.
Previously reported, Apple was granted a new patent entitled “Device Configuration for Multiple Users Using Remote User Biometrics,” which covers new technology that could make it easier for Apple TV and iPad users to configure the device for each shared user with their fingerprint.