The Apple Watch is the smart watch that dominates the market, bringing to the fore many features that later end up being replicated by its competitors. After the various health features, in the future the focus will be on safety.
A new patent submitted by Apple reveals that the next innovation could be the inclusion of a fingerprint sensor in the Apple Watch. A feature already much talked about, but that has not yet been applied by any company.
Apple aims to beef up the security of its popular smartwatch
The recently filed patent with the USPTO reveals Apple’s intention or desire to include a fingerprint sensor in the Apple Watch. A new boost to the safety of this product used by millions of consumers around the world.
The documents reveal that the sensor would be located on the side of the Apple Watch. Interestingly, the company does not intend to use the existing rotating crown, but rather to add a second knob for the purpose.
It is not certain if this second button will have another purpose, but at least it will serve to house the fingerprint sensor. Something that confirms Apple’s intention to bet on capacitive sensors for its watch.
Many may wonder why Apple does not use the rotating bezel of the Apple Watch to house this component. Unfortunately, we cannot answer this based on the documents Apple has submitted for this patent.
The fingerprint sensor theme on the smartwatch is nothing new. This issue has already been discussed several times, however, no company has yet invested in this technology in its products.
Apple could thus become the first to adopt this technology in the Apple Watch. If so, it will be one more feature that can be readily replicated by its main competitors.
However, we are well aware that Apple does not include technologies in its products that are not properly developed. Indeed, this patent may never become a reality if the results obtained by this sensor do not meet the requirements defined by the company.
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