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Apple has some new ideas about how to unlock your phone.

You could be using your ears, cheeks to unlock your next apple phone.

The iPhone maker has been granted a patent for a new Touch ID method that would allow users to place their finger
anywhere on the device's screen to unlock it.

It's possible that this feature could arrive in Apple's next iPhone, which is slated to launch in September.
Apple to explores new ways of unlocking devices

Apple has some new ideas about how to unlock your phone. The firm patented a new Touch ID method that would let users place their finger anywhere on the device's screen to unlock it

The patent, which was first discovered by Patently Apple, is titled 'Methods of Biometric Imaging of Input Surfaces' and was filed in September 2016, but was only made public on Tuesday.

It describes a new system where the fingerprint reader is embedded into the front-facing display.

By placing their finger on the screen, users would be able to unlock their iPhone, make payments and enter passwords just by touching the screen.

The patent also notes that Apple is exploring the possibility of the sensors recognizing users ears or cheeks to unlock. 

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