Apple was today awarded a patent by the USPTO that describes a face detection and recognition system to control a personal computing device like an iPhone or a Mac.
NetAirus Technologies is a company owned by 70 year old Richard L. Ditzik, an electrical engineer who patented the idea of a handheld device that can connect to the internet, make phone calls, and be used as a personal digital assistant. In other words, he patented the smartphone. Ditzik has been in court with Apple over this patent for quite a few number of years, but now, according to Bloomberg, the case is over, and Apple has won.
New patent reveals Apple’s future plans to turn Touch ID into trackpad, integrate sensor into display
Just a few days after a patent application revealed the inner-workings of the iPhone 5s’ Touch ID, a new Apple patent application filed with the WIPO shows the company’s future plans for the Touch ID fingerprint sensor.
Touch ID patent applications reveal how Apple uses “Secure Enclave” in iPhone 5s’ A7 chip for fingerprint sensor
A major concern with Apple’s inclusion of a fingerprint sensor in the iPhone were security concerns over storing fingerprint data, given its confidential nature. Apple put these concerns to rest when it said that the iPhone 5s doesn’t store the actual fingerprint, but only a mathematical representation of it in the new A7 chip’s “Secure Enclave” which is inaccessible by iOS or any other app running on your iPhone.
Samsung and Apple are back at it again in a US courtÂ arguing about how much money the Korean company must pay Apple for infringing on its patents.