Seven of Apple's Biometric Patents Surface today covering Touch ID for Online Commerce, Redacting Documents & More
On March 12, 2015, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a series of seven Biometric related patent applications from Apple. The patents cover a wide range of technical features related to credential verification processes that are used in relation to Apple's Touch ID, Apple Pay, unlocking redacted documents and much more.
A Series of Fingerprint Inventions Revealed Today
Apple's first of seven fingerprint related inventions published today by the U.S. Patent Offices is titled "Device, Method, and Graphical User Interface for Manipulating User Interfaces based on Fingerprint Sensor Inputs," which relates to a method performed at an electronic device with a display and a fingerprint sensor.
The method includes: storing a set of one or more credentials; displaying a form with fields corresponding to one or more credentials of the set of one or more credentials; receiving a request to automatically fill in the form with one or more credentials of the set of one or more credentials, wherein the request includes a finger input on the fingerprint sensor; in response to receiving the request to automatically fill in the form: in accordance with a determination that the finger input includes a fingerprint that is associated with a user who is authorized to use the set of one or more credentials, filling in the form with the one or more credentials; and in accordance with a determination that the finger input includes a fingerprint that is not associated with a user who is authorized to use the set of one or more credentials, forgoing filling in the form with the one or more credentials.
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The patent figures about are randomly displayed showing Touch ID credentials to open a mobile device, to use it in context with Apple Pay and the ability to use your Touch ID system to unlock information on your device that a user can temporarily redact for security reasons.
In respect to redacted documents, Apple notes that a method is performed at an electronic device with a display and a fingerprint sensor. The method includes: storing a set of one or more credentials; receiving a request to display the set of one or more credentials; in response to receiving the request to display the set of one or more credentials, displaying redacted versions of the set of one or more credentials; while displaying the redacted versions of the set of one or more credentials, detecting a fingerprint on the fingerprint sensor; and in response to detecting the fingerprint and in accordance with a determination that the fingerprint is associated with a user who is authorized to reveal the set of one or more credentials, displaying a non-redacted version of the set of one or more credentials.
For more on this extraordinary detailed invention, see patent application number 20150074615 which was filed in Q3 2014. Apple's Senior VP of Software Engineering, Craig Federighi, is listed as one of the inventors.
Use of a Biometric Image in Online Commerce
In a second biometric/fingerprint related patent published today, the topic is the "Use of a Biometric Image in Online Commerce."
Apple's Patent Abstract describes the Invention as Follows: "An online store can transmit an online account token to an electronic device or to a biometric sensing device after a user successfully enters his or her account password. The electronic device or the biometric sensing device can countersign the online account token when the one or more biometric images match reference biometric images and the account password matches user identifier data stored in the electronic device or in the biometric sensing device. The countersigned online account token can then be transmitted to the online store. The user can then make one or more purchases after the online store receives the countersigned online account token.
Apple's patent FIG. 8 noted above is a flowchart of a method for purchasing from an online store on an electronic device with an established account; FIG. 9 is a flowchart of a method for purchasing from an online store; FIG. 10 is a flowchart of a method for changing one or more settings associated with a biometric sensing device; and FIG. 11 is a flowchart of a method for purchasing from the online store after one or more settings for the biometric sensing device are changed.
For more on Apple's invention, see patent application number 20150073998 that was filed in Q3 2013.
Apple's Other Biometric Patents Published Today
Patent #3: Reconstructing a Biometric Image
Patent #4: Biometric Sensor Stack Structure
Patent #5: Finger Biometric Sensor Including Circuitry for Acquiring Finger Biometric Data upon Finger Stability and Related Methods
Patent #6: Noise Reduction in Biometric Images
Patent #7: Finger Biometric Sensor for Flagging as Sufficient Enrollment Finger Biometric Data Sets and Related Methods
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