Apple Granted MicroLED Display Patent With Interactive Fingerprint-Sensing Capability

What is MicroLED display? An introduction of a new self-emitting display technology that shares many traits with OLED, which promises to make displays ever brighter and more power efficient. The Micro LED tech also lays the foundation for Sony’s “Crystal LED” and of cource for Samsung’s “AMOLED”. Now, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Official granted Apple that patent, which outlines the same technology that would allow for the OLED screen of a device, such as an iPhone or iPad, to read fingerprints sans Touch ID. Here are the details you really need to know about.


Rumors although continuing to surface suggesting Apple’s upcoming iPhone 8 will feature a 5.8-inch wraparound OLED display with embedded Touch ID sensor on the front of the device. However, the necessity for the removal of the device’s Home button would point that such a technology would be required if Apple is to keep the Touch ID fingerprint sensor on the front than the rear of the iPhone in question.

While the patent itself is interesting, the fact that it is reallocated of an existing approved patent rather than a completely new one should not be overlooked. LuxVue, the patent’s former owner, was acquired by Apple back in 2014 with little fanfare. The same firm, LuxVue’s buyout was the fact that it developed low-power microLED-based displays.

The newly reallocated patent, titled “Interactive display panel with IR diodes,” detail a touch display that uses microLED-sensing technology. That’s what notable the traditional active matrix hardware is the tech that is normally used by most consumer smartphones and tablets currently in situation.


This patent also goes outlining some uses for the same technology, including one in which a microLED display with a higher density of interactive pixels could be used in certain areas of the screen. This would be very useful in an application such as were a virtual home button may be placed on an iPhone’s front panel.

In any case the option if doesn’t suite Apple’s plans, the same pixels could theoretically be used all over the display, making it possible for fingerprint identification on any area of the screen.


If Apple not be working on bringing an iPhone to market with such a huge display size in a relatively small chassis, then this patent might not have garnered so much interest, but with the iPhone 8 expected to offer such type of technology this year, we would not be at all surprised if this patent is giving us a glimpse into what Apple’s next flagship iPhone will bring to the table.

(Source: USPTO)

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