iOS 7 Beta 4 Code Points to Home Button Fingerprint Sensor for iPhone 5S

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    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, 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.

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    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:
    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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    Interesting... But I thought it would be in the screen, not the button :(
     
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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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    Cool - will be a nice feature, but nothing groundbreaking.
     
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    I can't wait to see future rumors titled "Thumb Bandits Strike Again, iTunes Accounts Drained".
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    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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    The title should read "Apple copies Samsung's fingerprint scanner"
     
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    If this is true, it´s big. If they can solve this problem, it will be the beginning of the end of all username/passwords.
     
  9. iPad2013, Jul 29, 2013
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    Cool.
     
  10. Eduardo1971, Jul 29, 2013
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  11. macrumors 6502

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    cats outta the bag.
     
  12. macrumors 6502

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    Yeah. What about Samsung copying Apple's iPhone? Oh, they didn't right?
     
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    & why this is a problem? :rolleyes:
     
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    Apple is just trolling.
     
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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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    yes... Apple copies Samsung's every move.

    hopefully you can tell I'm being EXTREMELY sarcastic.
     
  17. acidblue, Jul 29, 2013
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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/Appl...6-million-James-Bond-iPhone-to-follow_id32725)
     
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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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    ...And goodbye Otterbox Defenders. It was a good run.
    (I prefer Ballistic's SG. Leaves screen and home button bare.)
     
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    Which Sammy phone has a fingerprint sensor???

    Pretty sure S4 and Note do not...
     
  21. macrumors 6502

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    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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    So, the S stands for security?
     
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    Really? Your fingerprints will be all over the phone, shouldn't be too difficult to lift them
     
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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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