We're probably still some months away from the, but an Apple patent just gave us a hint about one of its features.
The Cupertino, California, company is developing fingerprint sensor that'd let you unlock your phone by touching anywhere on the screen, as seen in a patent granted Tuesday and previously reported by Patently Apple.
The traditional Touch ID -- which made its debut with 2013's-- only works on the home button. The new version would employ an "acoustic imaging system" that'd use waves under the iPhone's display to identity your fingerprint when you touch the screen.
In a strange twist, the system could also map your ear so it could unlock your phone too. That'd make for some seamless call answering, but Ear ID (or maybe Hear ID?) would be some odd branding.
Apple doesn't comment on rumor or speculation, a spokesperson said in an emailed response.
The company replaced Touch ID with, a authentication system, when it abandoned the home button for 2017's .
First published at 5:11 a.m. PT.
Updated at 5:40 a.m. PT: Adds more detail.