The Apple Watch may be getting a very unique form of biometric identification. According to a new patent application, Apple is developing a next-generation heart rate sensor for the Apple Watch that could identify whoever’s wearing it based on individual vein patterns. In essence, Apple Watch wearers could use this biometric identification to seamlessly unlock their device or activate Apple Pay, similar to how Touch ID relies on your fingerprint to unlock an iPhone.
A test of 4 models looks at whether you can trust the devices to monitor your heart rate during exercise
Building on a related Apple Watch patent application filed for on Thursday, Apple published an invention covering a unique wristband mechanism capable of detected wrist gestures and translating them into system commands.
Unlikely as it sounds, a future Apple Watch may be able to identify its owner using nothing more than the heart-rate sensors. In principle, this could allow it to eliminate the need for a PIN (or verification via iPhone unlock) when...
A pair of Apple inventions published on Thursday reveal work on a next-generation Apple Watch model capable of identifying a user with its heart rate sensor, and detecting wrist movements as a basis of user input.