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Techie Whispers: Apple iPhone Develops “Fingerprint Sensor”

Apple iPhone develops fingerprint sensor

A code from iOS 7 that reveals ‘a fingerprint that changes color during the setup process’ was posted online yesterday. sparking rumors that the new iPhone could contain a fingerprint sensor.

If the rumors are true, the latest iPhone will be the first Apple product to feature such a sensor, which could be used for unlocking the home-screen or confirming identity for payment from the App Store or other outlets.   Any sensor would likely be embedded into the physical home button.

Earlier this year it was reported that a supply chain source in Taiwan said Apple had been forced to delay production of the next iPhone due to failure to find a coating material that did not interfere with the fingerprint sensor.

Fingerprint sensors have not been widely utilized across smartphones in the past. Motorola released the Atrix 4G in 2011 which featured a biometric fingerprint sensor it claimed offered a level of security surpassing password or PIN locks. Customers reported mixed levels of success with the scanner, with many saying the sensor failed to recognize their fingerprint. Other digital security systems include the Samsung Galaxy S3′s Face Unlock feature, also available on Google’s Nexus 4, and in the future it’s likely phones will unlock upon recognition of its owner’s voice.

Call me super cynical if you like, but this could turn out to be an ugly vessel for brazen thieves.

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