After the purchase of AuthenTec, a biometrics firms, many wonder when and to what degree Apple would introduce this technology in their products. Well, it seems we may finally have an answer.
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Code found in iOS 7 Beta 4 suggests fingerprint scanners headed to next-generation iPhone.

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Last year Apple acquired security company AuthenTec, a firm that specializes in fingerprint technology. Since then, much speculation has surfaced regarding when and to what degree Apple would build this technology into their products. Well, a new find in the latest beta of iOS 7 seems to give us the answer.

In a code bundle called BiometricKitUI (via 9to5Mac) in the Accessibility portion of iOS 7, and in it several strings that point to a tutorial on how to use the built-in fingerprint sensor. Such gems include “Photo of a person holding an iPhone with their right hand while touching the Home button with their thumb” and “Photo of a person holding an iPhone with their left hand while touching the Home button with their thumb”. It would seem reasonable to conclude that if Apple is including such code in a beta of iOS 7 then this feature is likely coming to new iPhone hardware this fall.

The obvious and most likely use for fingerprint technology would be for security uses. Instead of tapping in a password, which has always been a lackluster affair on an iOS device, just place your thumb on the home button and then go. No one should ever be able to get into your phone but you. This would fall in line with Apple’s other recent security push- iCloud keychain in OS X Mavericks.

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  • Edgar Cervantes

    It could be a nice security feature. I just don’t see it picking up just yet. Do you really think Apple is willing to take this risk?