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Rumor: iPhone 5S Will Have Fingerprint Scanner

By - Source: Reuters | B 22 comments

An extra layer of security for iOS fans?

While Apple had a lot of things to talk about at WWDC, a new iPhone wasn't one of them. Despite months of rumors, the company didn't end up unveiling the long rumored iPhone 5S in San Francisco earlier this month, which means the rumor mill now has another couple of months to run wild before Apple inevitably announces a Fall event that is more in line with its recent iPhone update cycle.

According to the latest scuttlebutt, the newest iteration of Apple's smartphone will a biometric fingerprint scanner. Reuters cites supply chain sources that say Apple's new iPhone 5S will feature fingerprint technology. The site doesn't go into anymore detail on this feature, instead going on to talk about the possibility of a cheaper iPhone (something we've heard a million times before) but Patently Apple reports that Apple has been working on biometric sensors for fingerprint scanners for years. The site then points to a recently published patent that details fingerprint scanners in the bezel of electronic devices.

Other rumors about the iPhone 5S currently doing the rounds include a slightly larger battery, a higher resolution screen (double the pixel density), and a dual-LED flash.

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    ganjamaican , June 24, 2013 9:07 AM
    Doubt it. The way how Apple operates is just to improve on like the camera, and speed. for the S Series. I bet however it would be on iPhone 6
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    gsxrme , June 24, 2013 9:08 AM
    Im still waiting on thr happy ending slot. For the price its an overpriced android 4.2.2 pile.
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    CaedenV , June 24, 2013 9:09 AM
    going to be really embarrassing when someone finds yet another cheap trick to get around the lock screen.
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    soldier44 , June 24, 2013 9:18 AM
    Same phone same look slight speed bump same stuff every year. They will act like its something revolutionary.
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    a-nano-moose , June 24, 2013 9:39 AM
    What most smart phones I see really need is a fingerprint remover.
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    Garble , June 24, 2013 9:41 AM
    More goodies for the NSA database
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    headscratcher , June 24, 2013 9:53 AM
    Will it be able to read wrinkled finger prints?
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    Deadfred , June 24, 2013 9:56 AM
    Is it possible that the US government could court order this data thereby finger printing all US citizens that use the iPhone?
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    trudgy , June 24, 2013 10:09 AM
    I have that on my 2.5 year old Atrix :s
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    lamorpa , June 24, 2013 11:38 AM
    I suspect lip print would work better, and integrate well into current use patterns.
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    halcyon , June 24, 2013 11:58 AM
    Well, as nice and sharp as the iPhone's screen is the S4's and One's screen are even sharper so these seemingly ridiculous pixel densities DO makes a tangible difference. That said I'd like to see Apple do somethimg to make their phones more durable and hold up to wear a little better. Getting a case shouldn't be mandatory in the same way it is for the iPhone 5 to keep the phone in presentable (spelled N E W) condition.

    Something as robust as Gorilla Glass 3 and some highly toughened aluminum (or Kevlar or something).

    I'd rather see these things than a fingerprint reader.
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    lamorpa , June 24, 2013 12:08 PM
    I suspect lip print would work better, and integrate well into current use patterns.
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    Spac3nerd , June 24, 2013 1:10 PM
    My 8 year old thinkpad has the same thing.
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    halcyon , June 24, 2013 1:26 PM
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    My 8 year old thinkpad has the same thing.


    its a laptop, not relevant. Now if your 8-year old PHONE has the same thing that might be worth mentioning.
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    That Guy2 , June 24, 2013 2:43 PM
    How can you use the fingerprint sensor if the phone has a case on it?
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    teh_chem , June 24, 2013 4:02 PM
    Been speculated so many times.

    Regardless, if fingerprint scanning becomes a security feature, I would liken it to Android's face unlock. It's neat, but sometimes it proves to be more difficult than just inputting your device pin.
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    halcyon , June 24, 2013 6:10 PM
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    Been speculated so many times.

    Regardless, if fingerprint scanning becomes a security feature, I would liken it to Android's face unlock. It's neat, but sometimes it proves to be more difficult than just inputting your device pin.


    Well, typically, when Apple implements a feature it tends to simply work so if they do decide the fingerprint reader is in their future it will likely be easily and reliably usable. ...just my opinion.
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    robochump , June 24, 2013 7:30 PM
    Def more secure than easily figuring out the Droid lock screen by the finger print trail smudge on the screen....lol.
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    Vladislaus , June 25, 2013 4:42 AM
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    My 8 year old thinkpad has the same thing.


    its a laptop, not relevant. Now if your 8-year old PHONE has the same thing that might be worth mentioning.


    Still, a fingerprint scanner on a phone isn't a new concept. Motorola already had this for almost two and a half years with the Atrix. And I don't know if the Atrix was the first to have one.
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    Vladislaus , June 25, 2013 4:45 AM
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    Def more secure than easily figuring out the Droid lock screen by the finger print trail smudge on the screen....lol.


    And the iPhone doesn'r suffer from the same problem? Or does the iPhone have a smudge free screen. If it has I must return mine, because they forgot to place it.
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