You can always count on a new beta of Apple’s mobile software for brand new secret features that could find their way into future iPhone products. This week, it looks like the availability of iOS 7 beta 4 has seemingly confirmed that the new iPhone 5S or iPhone 6 will have support for biometric technology.
To put it in more simpler terms, we now have a very realistic chance of seeing a new iPhone towards the end of 2013, with built-in support for fingerprint security. In turn, this could finally lead to the much requested feature of locking a device using finger-print scanning.
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This could then obviously make it a lot more difficult for thieves to wipe data off a stolen phone, if the only way to gain access to the home screen is with a fingerprint. It’s not the first time that we have heard of biometric technology being used for an iPhone, but this week we have cold hard evidence that it could be coming.
A folder by the name of “BiometricKitUI” has been discovered by Twitter user Hamza Sood, deep within Apple’s internal iOS 7 beta 4 files. Considering that Apple has already acquired the security firm AuthenTec in 2012, it does seem to fit the puzzle together nicely as we await a new iPhone by the end of the year.
iPhone home button to contain fingerprint sensor (found in beta 4) pic.twitter.com/tUlZ6xjeer
— Hamza Sood (@hamzasood) July 29, 2013
It would also be interesting if Apple can find other methods to implement fingerprint scanning into the next iPhone, besides security. It certainly looks promising, but give us your ideas on how fingerprint technology could be worked into the iPhone 5S or iPhone 6.
No more need for ‘Find my iPhone’ if fingerprint lock screens can completely protect that data away from thieves.