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

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Will Apple ever equip one of its iPhones with an under-screen fingerprint scanner? This is a question that has been asked a lot, and on which the sources have disagreed so far. But now there’s more evidence for that, as Apple just got a related patent – but don’t expect that on the iPhone 14.

The patent – spotted by Patently Apple – relates to under-display fiber optics, which could be used to accurately capture fingerprint data.

Apple’s method appears designed to reduce optical transmission loss compared to other solutions, which could mean that scanning its fingerprints would be faster and more accurate. But the patent details are less interesting than the fact that Apple patented the technology, as it suggests under-display Touch ID may actually be in the works.

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An image of an Apple patent for under-display fiber optics

(Image credit: Apple/Apple Patent)

There are, however, a few caveats. First of all, a lot of things are patented and a lot of them never see the light of day in products, so just because Apple is exploring an idea doesn’t mean we’ll see it happen.

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