28 January 2020
Apple Watch is currently in its fifth generation and has been the best-selling smartwatch globally since its debut. One of the reasons for such high sales is that it comes with a number of useful hardware and software features that work in perfect harmony with the rest of the Apple ecosystem. And as per a new report, Apple is preparing to introduce a new feature that will add one more reason to buy the smartwatch.
Apple has filed a new patent with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) that suggests it will bring Touch ID to Apple Watch. The patent was filed last year and has just been published by the authorities. The application shows that Apple might even shift antenna bands from the smartwatch to the watchband. The antenna would be able to flex, stretch, and bend just like the band but the only issue is how exactly Apple will offer replaceable watch bands with this execution.
The same patent further describes the use of "a touch sensing device, force-sensing device, temperature sensing device, and/or a fingerprint sensor". This is an indication of Apple Watch getting Touch ID support for biometric authentication. It will not only help users prevent unauthorized access to the watch but will also be helpful for validating online transactions through Apple Pay and other payment methods. It's working on the user's end is expected to be similar to how it was used on iPhones but as for under the hood implementation, we are likely to see changes as it is a smartwatch this time around.
This is only a patent application which makes it hard to guess when we will see Apple bringing these changes to reality. It seems unlikely that it will happen with Apple Watch Series 6, especially the antenna bands in the watchband thing. But if there are any new developments, we will keep you posted.