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Apple might replace iPhone's home button with a built-in fingerprint reader

Apple might replace iPhone's home button with a built-in fingerprint reader

If Apple follows through on one of its patents, the next iPhone might not have a dedicated sensor to read fingerprints.

The patent, published today by the US Patent and Trademark office, details an โ€œinteractive display with IR diodes.โ€

This would allow Apple devices to read fingerprints directly through the screen, instead of by relying on a dedicated fingerprint reader built into the home button.

Apple hasnโ€™t said if the next iPhone will feature this tech.

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Originally filed by micro-LED display company LuxVue in 2014, the patent was reassigned in April after Apple acquired the company.

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