Patent published on July 18, 2023

Apple's Integrated User Input System: Fingerprint, Button, and Touch Sensors

As technology advances, so does our desire to make life as easy and secure as possible. Apple is one step closer to making this happen with their new patent for an integrated user input system that combines fingerprint, button, and touch sensors. This patent is set to revolutionize the way we use our devices.

The patent, US11703996B2, describes a device that can receive user inputs through various methods, including fingerprint sensors, buttons, and touch sensors. The buttons can also have the fingerprint sensor and/or touch sensor built in. This patent is a continuation of the application US non-Provisional application Ser. No. 17/129,027, which was filed on December 21, 2020, and claims priority to US provisional patent application No. 63/078,317, filed on September 14, 2020.

This patent will make it easier for users to access their devices and personal information by providing multiple methods of authentication. For example, a user can now use their fingerprint to unlock their device or use a button to authorize certain operations. This will also make it easier and more efficient for users to securely access their devices.

One of the most important aspects of this patent is the use of a button with an integrated fingerprint sensor. This will make authentication faster and more secure as the user will only have to press the button to unlock their device. Additionally, the button could also be used to authorize certain operations, such as payments. This will make it easier for users to securely make payments.

This patent will also improve the user experience with touch sensors. By combining touch sensors with other input methods, users can make more precise gestures that are more accurate than simple taps. This will make tasks like drawing and writing on the device easier and more efficient.

This patent could have far-reaching implications for the way we use our devices. In addition to making authentication easier and more secure, it could also improve the way we interact with our devices. For example, this technology could be used to create a more intuitive user experience with devices, making it easier for users to navigate and interact with their devices.

At the same time, it is important to keep in mind that this is a patent and there is no guarantee that this technology will come to market. As such, the language of the entire article is written in terms of words like 'might' or 'could'. Additionally, while this patent from Apple could revolutionize the way we use our devices, it is important to remember that it is only the beginning.

Apple has a long history of innovation and this patent is just one example of their commitment to making our lives easier and more secure. With the combination of fingerprint, button, and touch sensors, Apple's integrated user input system could make our devices even more user-friendly and secure. Only time will tell what Apple has in store for the future.

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