The rumors are true. The new iPhone will have biometric features.
The new operating system iOS7 for the iPhone 6 has been leaked for testing which revealed a fingerprint sensor and other biometric features. Located in a folder labeled “Biometric Kit”, the fingerprint identification system is said to be used for unlocking the iPhone and for Apple products like iTunes.
Just about one year ago Apple bought fingerprint sensor technology company AuthenTec Inc for about $356 million.
At the time Reuters speculated that it would be used for “authentication” purposes:
Its fingerprint technology, used in mobile phones in Japan for authentication of mobile payments, could help Apple bring those services to markets such as the United States, where mobile-wallet services have been slow to catch on.
Other cell phone developers have used other biometric features in the past with mixed results:
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 recognise 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. (Source)
It’s clear that biometric technology is becoming better and more prevalent.
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