On May 29, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple titled "Biometric Sensor for Human Presence Detection and Associated Methods." The object of this present invention is to provide human presence verification with increased speed and accuracy, and with reduced user interaction using biometrics.
Today's patent application mainly focuses on advancing "CAPTHA" based security systems. However interesting that may be, it really boils down to this being an invention that Apple inherited from Authentec on a topic that's a little out of date. Whether Apple has any intention of using any of this technology in future products or services associated with Touch ID is unknown at this time.
For those interested in reviewing Apple's patent application 20140150091 in more depth simply click here. Considering that this is a patent application, the timing of such a product to market is unknown at this time.
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