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Apple will include a fingerprint scanner on the high-end iPhone that the company will introduce at a media event tomorrow, widely thought to be called the iPhone 5S, according to The Wall Street Journal.

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Placing a finger on a computer or smartphone has long been proposed as a way to avoid the need for passwords to authenticate users of computers and other devices. People familiar with the matter said last week that Apple will include a fingerprint scanner on the more expensive of two iPhones it is expected to unveil Tuesday at an event at its Cupertino, Calif., headquarters.
The paper notes that the fingerprint scanners used in older electronics devices have been inaccurate, but newer devices can take several scans with the finger held in one place, allowing for better reliability.

The WSJ notes that reliability and ease of use are key and will be essential for widespread public adoption. The iPhone 5S will, by far, be the most high-profile consumer electronics device with a fingerprint scanner. Apple purchased fingerprint sensor company AuthenTec in July 2012 for $356 million.

The new iPhone will be unveiled tomorrow at 10:00 AM Pacific Time at Apple's Cupertino headquarters. MacRumors will have live coverage of the event.

Article Link: Wall Street Journal Confirms Fingerprint Sensor in New iPhone Coming Tomorrow
 

AngerDanger

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I hope it comes to the iPod touch as well.

Hell, I hope they don't kill off the iPod touch.


I hope the first 5 comments are removed so everybody can see this masterpiece.
 
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haruhiko

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This was pretty much confirmed when Apple purchased AuthenTec earlier this year.
 
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newyorksole

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New York.
Can't. Freaking. Wait.

Dual LED Flash.
Fingerprint Sensor.
Faster Processor.
Improved Battery Life.
New Colors.
iOS 7.
Improved Camera.

Let's Go!
 
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Chupa Chupa

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Cool new iPhone feature: upload your fingerprint to NSA direct from your iPhone. And it's so simple you don't even have to hit send. It just magically goes to its database. :D
 
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iSunrise

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Can't. Freaking. Wait.

Dual LED Flash.
Fingerprint Sensor.
Faster Processor.
Improved Battery Life.
New Colors.
iOS 7.
Improved Camera.

Let's Go!
While I must admit that I really look forward to it, I am pretty disappointed if Apple doesn´t have any more surprises for us up their sleeves.
 
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MacDarcy

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Sounds cool...but I have to see it for myself. I'm concerned about the possible awkwardness of the button so low on the phone. Will you have to place your thumb at a very specific angle? Will it be easy to do holding the iphone in one hand? Or will it be awkward to do so because of the specific angle needed for the thumb placement? I'm just guessing of course. It could work seamlessly and intuitively as we've all come to expect from Apple.
 
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haruhiko

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Can't. Freaking. Wait.

Dual LED Flash.
Fingerprint Sensor.
Faster Processor.
Improved Battery Life.
New Colors.
iOS 7.
Improved Camera.

Let's Go!

If it has the same design as the iPhone 5 the battery can't be enlarged a lot. So this is not really going to happen.
 
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avanpelt

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Cue the Android handset makers to start drawing up schematics for fingerprint scanners in exactly 16 hours. . .
 
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haruhiko

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Sounds cool...but I have to see it for myself. I'm concerned about the possible awkwardness of the button so low on the phone. Will you have to place your thumb at a very specific angle? Will it be easy to do holding the iphone in one hand? Or will it be awkward to do so because of the specific angle needed for the thumb placement? I'm just guessing of course. It could work seamlessly and intuitively as we've all come to expect from Apple.

Do you use your other fingers to press the home button for the current iPhone? I use my thumb to press that button numerous times every day and don't find it awkward.
 
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iSunrise

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If it has the same design as the iPhone 5 the battery can't be enlarged a lot. So this is not really going to happen.
Isn´t the A7 on new process tech however? Not talking about 20nm (that´s reserved for the A8). I also rather doubt more battery life, but what do I know.
 
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