Apple might not be the first company to have a biometric scanner on its smartwatches.
A recent patent win by the American tech giant, Apple, suggests that the company could add a fingerprint sensor in its future smartwatches.
The patent, approved by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office earlier this week, highlights that the fingerprint sensor will be placed on the physical button below the digital crown.
“The biometric button assembly may include an input member that forms an exterior surface of the button housing and is configured to receive inputs, for example from a user of the electronic device,” the patent stated. A seal may be used to prevent contaminants, most likely dust and water, from entering the button housing and the enclosure, it added.
While Apple might not be the first company to have a biometric scanner on its smartwatches, if executed, the tech major could have an edge over its competitors. However, since the patent was filed in November 2020 but was granted on July 5, 2022, it would be noteworthy to see if the company actually comes up with a fingerprint scanner going ahead or altogether drops the entire idea.