It looks like Apple is getting ready for a world without the home button.
CNN reported today that the Cupertino, California, company had quietly acquired 26 of 31 patents from biometric security company Privaris between 2012 and 2014. Based in Charlottesville, Virginia, the startup specializes in integrating fingerprint readers into touchscreens.
Embedding Apple’s Touch ID fingerprint sensor directly onto the display would allow the company to design its iPhones and iPads without any physical buttons on the front (there are still volume controls on the side). Such a design would allow Apple to increase the size and resolution of its displays without having to increase the devices’ physical dimensions.
Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
To date, the home button has been a fixture of all iPhones and iPads, allowing people to easily get back to the main screen (single click), switch between apps (double click), use the devices’ accessibility…
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