Apple has bought 26 of the original 31 patents own by biometric technology company, Privaris. With the money Apple is shelling out to acquire patents along with the fees paid to file their own patent, a fingerprint scanner that is below the screen, the hype is Apple is getting ready to introduce an edge-to-edge screen that uses a virtual home button.
One patent obtained from Privaris would allow a touchscreen to work simultaneously with the fingerprint scanner. However, Apple doesn’t always use the technology they secured patents for. Privaris is believed to have shut down about 5 years ago, so Apple could have just picked up some patents since they were available.
It’s not clear what the relationship is between Privaris and Apple is, but none of the employees of Privaris indicated they now work for Apple.