iPhone fingerprint scanner… Increase in dismembered fingers…

We have all had that moment, or at least know of somebody who has experienced that moment, you look down – and your iPhones gone! Taken, lost, stolen… Now there won’t be any need to worry as Apple looks at implementing a fingerprint scanner into the next version of their iPhone, the iPhone 5S. Apple will have sold the long term issue of thieves gaining access to our precious devices without us knowing or wanting.

That said, thieves may become more advanced in their snatch and grab tactics. It is likely that the implementation of a fingerprint scanner into the iPhone to unlock the device would also see a rise in thieves with surgical knowledge and victims with less fingers than they had previously had…

Joking aside, and crude jokes too, Apple is now expected to include a fully-fledged biometric fingerprint scanner in the iPhone 5S/iPhone 6. The latest report, revealed by developers and beta testers of the new iOS 7 software update, shows that Apple included a ‘BiometricKitUI’ folder within the innards of the package. Apple has previously flouted with biometrics in previous iPhone launches, or was at least expected too. Analysts predicted we would see a fingerprint scanner in the current iPhone 5. That never materialised. And many believed Apple would move quickly to implement the technology after they acquired Authen Tec, a company that specialises in biometrics.

The findings were posted on Twitter and included screen shots – taken by Hamza Sood – the photos clearly show the folder that includes the label: ‘BiometricKitUI’.


Screenshot showing the folders and code that reveal Apple may have more on the way.
Screenshot showing the folders and code that reveal Apple may have more on the way.

The images also detail the basic principal of how Apple would likely interact such as feature with the user. Lines of code that include the phrase ‘recognition is complete’. The discovery also points to the likelihood that the sensor will be placed within the home button and can be represented with a colour change on screen.

A Taiwan supply chain source, told Reuters earlier in the year, that Apple was looking for the ideal material to protect the home button and not interfere with the recognition of a print.

Some products, such as the Atrix 4G, already use fingerprint scanners in replace of passwords – and PayPal’s Chief information security officer Michael Barrett, claimed that the use of biometrics would render passwords useless in the future, but realised they haven’t taken off yet.

Is this innovation?

Many experts predict the rise in popularity of biometric scanners, that have currently only seen a use in high level business, one Apple and other implement them into everyday devices. Apple has been accused of a lack of innovation in the last couple of months, but now could take the lead if it implements these features. However I would be weary at the use of such scanners, traditionally these have bumped the prices of a device up, quite a bit and Apple’s profit margins are already sky high. If Apple feels that these sorts of products are needed to help remove the branding of Apple, as not innovative, then maybe they should think again. When people say that Apple is ‘not innovative’ or that they are ‘falling behind’ they are indefinitely comparing Apple to the likes of Google; who has a more diverse and varying market audience than Apple. Apple hasn’t fallen behind yet, Google has only just caught up. Generally people are now associating innovation with larger screens and better mobile devices; following the rest of the market. Apple would not be innovative to do this, and following everyone else isn’t innovative.

Nobody can tell what is going on at Apple. But maybe the reason they’ve held off for a new product release for some time is the fact that they may have something else up their sleeve, that isn’t just copying the rest of the market. Because everyone can make a phone bigger and include useless gimmicks.

Source: Twitter Hamza Soods