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iPhone 14 is unlikely to have in-display Touch ID… but the iPhone 15 might

Will Apple ever equip one of its iPhones with an under-display fingerprint scanner? That’s a question that’s been asked a lot, and one which so far sources have disagreed on. But now there’s more evidence in favor of it happening, as Apple has just been granted a related patent – though don’t expect it on the iPhone 14.

The patent – spotted by Patently Apple – is for under-display optical fibers, which could be used to accurately capture fingerprint data.

Apple’s method appears designed to deliver lower optical transmission losses than other solutions, which could mean its fingerprint scanning would be faster and more accurate. But the details of the patent are less interesting than the fact that Apple has patented this tech at all, as it suggests under-display Touch ID actually could be in the works.

An image from an Apple patent for under-display optical fibers

(Image credit: Apple / Patently Apple)

There are a couple of caveats though. First off, plenty of things get patented and many of them never see the light of day in products, so just because Apple is exploring an idea, it doesn’t mean we’ll see it happen.


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