Although Apple might have waited for that iPhone 5s before it launched Contact identification, it’s been focusing on the engineering since soon after the launch of the initial iPhone. A patent first submitted in 2007 was ultimately given nowadays, and contains the usage of a fingerprint sensor in notebooks – although the drawing Apple used-to demonstrate the idea apparently goes back even more than 2007!
A hand feeling equipment can include a hand indicator including a signal (IC) substrate, a range of hand sensing components about the IC substrate, and complement circuitry about the IC substrate for executing ultimate hand matching. […] FIG. 1 is just a perspective view of an electric device within the type of a laptop including a hand indicator and improved protection prior to the current invention.
The patent also addresses use within pc pcs, aka the iMac nowadays, embedding the indicator in to the keyboard …
The computer 10 is illustratively proved to be a laptop, however the current technology does apply to additional computers (e.g. desktop pcs) aswell.
It’d obviously be no real surprise for Apple to include An Impression identification indicator to potential MacBooks and keyboards after producing the security-system standard in iPads and iPhones. We haven’t nonetheless observed any indication of the, nevertheless, with Apple having handed up a chance to include Contact identification towards the fresh Miracle Keyboard.
Via Patently Apple