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article imageApple iPhone 5S fingerprint scanner allegedly leaked

By Milton Este     Aug 20, 2013 in Technology
Is biometric security, also known as fingerprint scanning, coming to smartphones? So far they have yet to resemble any importance, but Apple may be the first to bring such a security feature to mobile devices.
Both Samsung and Sony scheduled their new generation device announcements two days before the IFA conference hoping to release their products before Apple's new iPhone and iPad unveiling.
No announcements have been made regarding the new line of iPhones and iPads, but Apple may still steal the show even being a few days late releasing the next generation devices. The year old fingerprint scanner rumor is one step closer to reality as another image leak reveals a fingerprint scanning area on a possible prototype iPhone.
In 2012, Apple acquired AuthenTec, a company specialising in in-display fingerprint touch sensors. Since then, it has been rumored that Apple is working on some sort of fingerprint scanning feature possibly to replace the swipe unlock and four digit pin code.
This rumor became one step closer to reality in October, 2012 when the US Patent & Trademark Office filing revealed a document detailing the development of a fingerprint reader.
If this isn't convincing enough, an image has finally surfaced showing the change in the iPhone 5's rear shell. The iPhone 5S features a newly cut out space for the fitting of an additional component. The internal frame modification can be viewed over on Nowhereelse.fr.
So it's technically true that there's no actual fingerprint scanning component on this internal case, but the software change in iOS 7 beta 4 proves very interesting. A partial source code is visible over on BGR showing the biometric coding and package for the iOS 7 beta 4 version. In short, there is a new folder named “BiometricKitUI” in the "AccessibilityBundles" folder. It looks like Apple is definitely experimenting with the fingerprint-scanning security feature and will most likely be showcasing it on the next generation iPhone after over a year of development.
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