In a recent patent filed by the co-founder of AuthenTec, the company Apple acquired to make the TouchID, details of some additional uses of the TouchID sensor found in the iPhones and the iPads has come to light.
The patent was filed by Dale R. Setlak, who is the co-founder of AuthenTec. The patent details the use of TouchID sensor for interacting with a user interface to allow users to unlock their device. The somewhat fantastic part comes wherein in an example it is detailed how by moving your finger on the sensor, one can input a sort of combination just like any safe combination. So, suppose you want two turns clockwise and one anti-clockwise, just do it on the TouchID sensor and watch your device get unlocked. Neat!
If you are not yet impressed, there’s more to it. Users can choose between the safe lock combination or a pattern screen that resembles those Google uses as a passcode option on its Android devices. You might be wondering, how one can draw a pattern on such a small button? Well, there aren’t enough details on this yet but the image below might shed some light.
Apple has been known for its innovative and out-of-the-box thinking. This patent filing serves as yet another proof. This shows that the TouchID sensor is not merely for registering fingerprints but also has much more potential. Apple also triggers reachability in the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus by a double tap on the TouchID sensor.