One moment we’re told that fingerprint technology will be coming to the iPhone 5S, the next it will be incorporated into the iPhone 6, but one thing we do know, it’s coming. However, two questions remain, when, and do we really want it?
It seems that a recent job listing for a company who Apple deal with has been fueling iPhone 6 fingerprint security speculation. As yet there is no clue as to what the job listing requires of the successful candidate, but it’s reported that it could be to do with Apple’s recent acquisition of AuthenTec.
If this is the real deal then the fingerprint technology would not be expected to be used in an iOS device until next year, which would coincide with the iPhone 6 release date — well we don’t really expect such new technology to appear on the iPhone 5S now do we?
We already know Apple had purchased AuthenTec in order to gain access to its fingerprint technology, and they would not do this unless they planned to use the tech at some stage.
Now they could use it in the next MacBook Pro refresh, but it makes more sense to use fingerprint technology to help improve security on their iPhone range. The thing is, smartphones are more likely to be stolen, so it makes perfect sense to make it harder for someone to try and gain access unlawfully.
There is a fear that Apple could store your fingerprint in a database, where governments would then be able to access them. However, they are more likely to be stored in your iPhone themselves, and you always have the option to turn such a security feature off.