One of the ways that the Apple Watch authenticates users when it comes to making payments through Apple Pay, it is by making the user enter a passcode once, and as long as the watch is not removed from the user’s wrist, it will assume that the user is still the same and will authenticate them for future purchases.
While it’s not necessarily the most secure way of authenticating the user, it works. However, if biometric security like fingerprint scanning is something you’re more comfortable with, you could be in luck. This is because according to a recently-discovered patent, it reveals that Apple has toyed with the idea of embedding a Touch ID sensor into the digital crown on the Apple Watch.
This means that all users need to do is touch the digital crown with their thumb or finger, and if their fingerprint matches, it will authenticate them. This could be useful if you’re trying to use the Apple Watch to make payments, unlock a car door, and so on. However, as 9to5Mac notes, this patent was filed for back in 2018, nearly two years ago.
We’re not sure if the time elapsed means that Apple has no interest in pursuing it, or if they’re still interested but have yet to announce anything. Needless to say that you shouldn’t get too excited for it just yet, but in the meantime, there have been other patents suggesting that Apple might be interested in revamping the digital crown, although when exactly that will take place is anyone’s guess.