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Old Jul 29, 2013, 01:40 PM   #1
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iOS 7 Beta 4 Code Points to Home Button Fingerprint Sensor for iPhone 5S




Following its 2012 acquisition of mobile security firm AuthenTec, which specialized in fingerprint sensors, Apple has been rumored to be looking to incorporate its technology into its future products. Rumors have indicated that such a sensor could be a differentiating feature for Apple's upcoming iPhone 5S, although there has so far been little in the way of solid evidence that such a feature is in the works.

But as noted by Hamza Sood (via 9to5Mac), Apple's developer release of iOS 7 beta 4 today has brought a significant clue that Apple is indeed planning to bring the technology to the iPhone later this year.

The evidence arrives in the form of a new code bundle in the Accessibility portion of iOS 7. The bundle, named BiometricKitUI, contains text strings related to a tutorial on how to use a fingerprint sensor on an iPhone. The relevant strings include:
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- Photo of a person holding an iPhone with their left hand while touching the Home button with their thumb
- Photo of a person holding an iPhone with their right hand while touching the Home button with their thumb
- A fingerprint that changes colour during the setup process.
- Recognition is %@ complete
Several reports have indicated that incorporating a fingerprint sensor into the iPhone 5S has proven difficult for Apple, potentially limiting launch supplies of the device as production bottlenecks are worked out.

Article Link: iOS 7 Beta 4 Code Points to Home Button Fingerprint Sensor for iPhone 5S
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Old Jul 29, 2013, 01:42 PM   #2
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Interesting... But I thought it would be in the screen, not the button
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Old Jul 29, 2013, 01:43 PM   #3
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The button makes more sense to me and seems like it would be a hell of a lot easier than trying to do something like that through the screen. Either way that is really cool to see!
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Old Jul 29, 2013, 01:44 PM   #4
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Cool - will be a nice feature, but nothing groundbreaking.
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Old Jul 29, 2013, 01:44 PM   #5
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I can't wait to see future rumors titled "Thumb Bandits Strike Again, iTunes Accounts Drained".
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Old Jul 29, 2013, 01:46 PM   #6
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Interesting... But I thought it would be in the screen, not the button
No preference here, not disappointed, however through the screen would mean it was much more software based, and the sensor would then have to be built in the screen, and who knows if you dont cover enough of the sensor on the screen etc. Plus your already holding the phone so its probably easier just to place it on the home button
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Old Jul 29, 2013, 01:46 PM   #7
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The title should read "Apple copies Samsung's fingerprint scanner"
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Old Jul 29, 2013, 01:46 PM   #8
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If this is true, itīs big. If they can solve this problem, it will be the beginning of the end of all username/passwords.
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Old Jul 29, 2013, 01:46 PM   #9
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Cool.

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Old Jul 29, 2013, 01:47 PM   #10
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Old Jul 29, 2013, 01:47 PM   #11
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Old Jul 29, 2013, 01:47 PM   #12
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The title should read "Apple copies Samsung's fingerprint scanner"
Yeah. What about Samsung copying Apple's iPhone? Oh, they didn't right?
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Old Jul 29, 2013, 01:47 PM   #13
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& why this is a problem?
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Old Jul 29, 2013, 01:48 PM   #14
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Old Jul 29, 2013, 01:49 PM   #15
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Seems this will be a iPhone 5 s hardware exclusive, so as to make people upgrade to the newest phone (as opposed to being a software feature).

Anyway I'm on an iPhone 4 so I'll be upgrading.
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Old Jul 29, 2013, 01:50 PM   #16
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The title should read "Apple copies Samsung's fingerprint scanner"

yes... Apple copies Samsung's every move.

hopefully you can tell I'm being EXTREMELY sarcastic.
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Old Jul 29, 2013, 01:51 PM   #17
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Yeah. What about Samsung copying Apple's iPhone? Oh, they didn't right?
Yeah, because this has never been done before Samsung? Where have you been? A crappy Dell I had from almost 10 years ago had this. It's not new tech. Apple doesn't claim to have invented it either. You are aware they bought the company that makes these, aren't you? (http://www.phonearena.com/news/Apple...follow_id32725)

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Old Jul 29, 2013, 01:51 PM   #18
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Neat - can't wait to see this feature - especially considering how robust and dependable their home button already is. /sarcasm
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Old Jul 29, 2013, 01:51 PM   #19
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Old Jul 29, 2013, 01:52 PM   #20
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The title should read "Apple copies Samsung's fingerprint scanner"
Which Sammy phone has a fingerprint sensor???

Pretty sure S4 and Note do not...
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Yeah, because this has never been done before Samsung? Where have you been? A crappy Dell I had from almost 10 years ago had this. It's not new tech. Apple doesn't claim to have invented it either. You are aware they bought the company that makes these, aren't you? (http://www.phonearena.com/news/Apple...follow_id32725)
I said Samsung copied Apple's iPhone. Not that Apple didn't copy the fingerprint sensor. Please read posts before commenting. Thanks.
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Do I smell NFC payment integration?
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Old Jul 29, 2013, 01:54 PM   #23
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So, the S stands for security?
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If this is true, itīs big. If they can solve this problem, it will be the beginning of the end of all username/passwords.
Really? Your fingerprints will be all over the phone, shouldn't be too difficult to lift them
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Old Jul 29, 2013, 01:57 PM   #25
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So this means the home button in the 5S must be capacitive right?

They cant add a fingerprint sensor on the physical home button, so I guess there will be no more hardware button, instead replaced by a capacitive one.
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