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Apple Watch Series 7 with under-display camera and Touch ID button could become a reality if related patents come to fruition

The Apple Watch Series 6 was launched in September 2020. (Image source: Apple/Amazon).
The Apple Watch Series 6 was launched in September 2020. (Image source: Apple/Amazon).
A couple of Apple Watch-related patents could give an indication of the direction Apple is taking in regard to a potential Apple Watch Series 7 device. One of the patents details a Touch ID button for the smartwatch while the other reveals an under-display camera solution that would make an Apple Watch 7 ideal for quick FaceTime video calls.
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The Apple Watch Series 6 has only been available for a short time, but like any tech company wanting to stay ahead or at least abreast of its rivals, Apple has been busy looking forward to the next iteration. A couple of patents in regard to the Apple Watch have surfaced that could point to some big changes for the Apple Watch Series 7 range that would certainly please fans of the brand. The patents, reported by PatentlyApple and AppleInsider, respectively, concern a Touch ID button for the Apple Watch and a two-stage display that would allow for an under-display camera.

Touch ID has been around for some time, with the technology first being introduced to the Apple iPhone 5S (2013). Although Touch ID usage has now spread over Apple’s range of iPhones, iPads, and MacBooks, it has not been implemented with the Apple Watch yet. But that could change according to a patent titled “electronic device having sealed button biometric sensing system”. Drawings in the patent are clearly of a smartwatch, so it is possible an Apple Watch Series 7 device could end up with an additional physical button underneath the present existing one specifically for this purpose. It would add an extra layer of security to the wearable and could be used for user authentication, approving purchases, and accessing or securing sensitive information.

But if Apple really wants to make an Apple Watch 7 spectacular, then a Touch ID button might not cut the mustard on its own. Also adding an under-display camera that utilized two-stage display technology would do the trick though. A separate patent, appropriately titled “electronic device with two-stage displays”, suggests that an under-display camera could be installed in an Apple Watch that only becomes visible when its usage is required. This kind of technology has already surfaced with concept smartphones such as the OnePlus Concept One. A transparent layer is enabled when the camera is used and disabled when not required. Of course, innovations in patents don’t always come to fruition, but at least Apple is not short of ideas for the successor to the Apple Watch Series 6.

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Touch ID button. (Image source: USPTO/Apple)
Touch ID button. (Image source: USPTO/Apple)
Two-stage display. (Image source: USPTO/Apple)
Two-stage display. (Image source: USPTO/Apple)
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Daniel R Deakin
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My interest in technology began after I was presented with an Atari 800XL home computer in the mid-1980s. I especially enjoy writing about technological advances, compelling rumors, and intriguing tech-related leaks. I have a degree in International Relations and Strategic Studies and count my family, reading, writing, and travel as the main passions of my life. I have been with Notebookcheck since 2012.
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Daniel R Deakin, 2020-12-17 (Update: 2020-12-17)