Apple had implemented the first Face ID on it’s anniversary edition iPhone X last year, which lead from the previous technology of Touch ID being used in all the older iPhones and iPads. A new patent filed by Apple has emerged online which shows to have an iPhone with both of these, Face ID and Touch ID, integrated inside its software and hardware and users will be able to access any of them as they wish.
The patent was recently let out in the open via Patently Apple, which describes the company’s viewpoint on the biometrics used on a smartphone:
Techniques for implementing biometric authentication using electronic devices are generally cumbersome. For example, some existing techniques, such as those directed to facial recognition, require a user to almost perfectly align a biometric feature in a same manner during both enrollment and each iteration of authentication. Deviation from the alignment of the biometric feature often results in a false negative result. As a result, a user is, optionally, required to unnecessarily perform multiple iterations of biometric authentication, or is, optionally, discouraged from using the biometric.
The Touch ID is also a part of the patent and Apple says that it could be implemented in the Apple Watch in addition to the iPhone:
In response to detecting the predefined operation and in accordance with a determination that biometric authentication (e.g., Touch ID, Face ID) via the one or more biometric sensors is available, the electronic device on the display … will cause credentials to be submitted via the credential submission user the interface element. Such methods and interfaces also reduce the number of unnecessary, extraneous, or repetitive input required at computing devices, such as smartphones and smartwatches.