New clues fuel hopes for iPhone fingerprint scanner

Leaked photos and a hint buried in the code for Apple's mobile software point to the feature in a future version of the device.

By Kim Peterson Sep 4, 2013 3:30PM
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Caption: Apple iPhone 5Some technology observers think a fingerprint scanner in the next iPhone is all but a sure thing after new clues have surfaced hinting at the feature.

Evidence for a fingerprint scanner is "nearing the point of certainty," writes Gabrielle Levy on

That evidence includes a photo of what are assumed to be parts of the "home" button in the next phone, widely expected to be called the iPhone 5S. Those photos were leaked online by French site

The components look similar to the hardware found inside the current iPhone 5 (pictured), but include a square black piece that some people think is the fingerprint scanner, reports The Inquisitr.

Reports suggest that an iPhone owner could unlock the phone using thumb recognition -- a security feature that some users might welcome, as iPhone thefts are on the rise. The 9 to 5 Mac website reports that the user interface for a fingerprint-scanning system has been complete, and quotes a source familiar with the development of the new iPhone.

In July, a developer poring through the code for Apple's (AAPL) newest mobile software platform found a reference to a fingerprint. The coding includes the phrases "Photo of a person holding an iPhone with their left hand while touching the Home button with their thumb" and "A fingerprint that changes colour during the setup process."

So is a fingerprint scanner a sure thing? We'll know in less than a week. Apple is expected to unveil the new phone at a media event on Sept. 10. The company may also show a cheaper version of the iconic device, the so-called iPhone C, that it may sell in China and other emerging economies.

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Sep 4, 2013 4:08PM
Yes --- just we need.  An NSA fingerprint collection tool.


Sep 4, 2013 5:39PM
So next will be a wave of thumb amputations along with stolen iPhones?
Sep 4, 2013 7:17PM

Ebay will start selling fingers for the new iphone by next month.

Sep 5, 2013 10:11AM
Just match those prints up to known and unknown suspects. Hmmmm..............NSA ring a bell?
Sep 4, 2013 8:06PM
GREAT NOW THE NSA HAS YOUR FINGERPRINTS. Along with everything else....I'll pass
Sep 5, 2013 10:12AM
Sep 5, 2013 8:39AM
Sep 5, 2013 10:25AM
Here is an idea, one of which I'm sure you greedy fuqs never even considered... how about you keep track of your overly expensive, social-status only "phone" and get your head out of your arses.  Bring on the republican Nazism of fingerprint scanners BS.
Sep 5, 2013 12:59AM
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