Apple Watch: the firm is working on an alternative to Touch ID for connected watches

Apple Watches could soon recognize their wearer by analyzing the veins on their wrists. A patent filed by Apple describes a light sensor capable of scanning the venous network of users. Under these conditions, the Cupertino company would not need to integrate a Touch ID fingerprint reader in its future connected watches.

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Unlike iPhones, iPads, and MacBooks, Apple Watches are not equipped with a biometric scanner. No Touch ID fingerprint reader or Face ID facial recognition on the brand’s smartwatches. To unlock the connected watch, users must enter an unlock code.

The situation could soon change. On January 7, 2021, Apple filed a patent with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. It describes a technology capable of recognizing the owner of an Apple Watch based solely on the veins of his wrists. To operate, the watch is equipped with a light sensor which highlights all the specific features of the users’ circulatory system. The veins and capillaries of every human being are indeed unique. As unique as a fingerprint, a face or an iris.

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Apple is developing a biometric sensor for its future Apple Watch

Concretely, the sensor of the connected watch will project a light beam which will allow map all the veins of the forearms. This card will be compared with the data already retrieved by the Apple Watch. Ultimately, the connected watch will unlock as soon as the user slips it onto their wrist.

As always, it should be remembered that all the technologies described in patents are not necessarily integrated into products. Like most companies in the sector, the Californian giant regularly files patents in order to secure the use of a technology and prevent the competition from seizing it.

In recent months, Apple has notably filed a patent for an Apple Watch bracelet equipped with several small batteries in order to offer better autonomy. A few months earlier, the firm of Tim Cook deposited a technology of sensors capable of measuring the blood pressure of users. We tell you more as soon as possible about the next Apple Watch. While waiting for more information, do not hesitate to give your opinion on this venous sensor in the comments below.

Source: US Patent and Trademark Office