Analyst: Fingerprint scanner coming to the sapphire home button of the Apple iPhone 5S

Analyst: Fingerprint scanner coming to the sapphire home button of the Apple iPhone 5S
It seems like it has been ages since we started hearing that the next iteration of the Apple iPhone would feature a fingerprint scanner that would be connected to the phone's home button. Now, KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, considered to be well-connected to Apple, confirms that by using a convex button instead of the usual concave shape, Apple will make room for such a feature in the next iteration of the device.

Kuo is telling KGI's clients that the button will be made of sapphire because of its properties that protect it from scratches. This will help protect the fingerprint scanner that will be embedded in the button. AuthenTec, the biometrics company bought by Apple last year, uses a different form of fingerprint scanning than other systems. Kuo says that the AuthenTec system is more likely not to be affected by dust. And the analyst also feels that the home button is a perfect place to put the fingerprint scanner so that iPhone users won't get confused as to where to put their fingertip for scanning.

The report states that the inclusion of the fingerprint scanner could help the Apple iPhone 5S pick up market share against Android and Windows Phone models. Additionally, the fingerprint scanner could actually perform some important functions such as helping to verify someone's identification for mobile payments or for downloading and uploading files and content that has been placed in cloud based storage. But recently leaked pictures of parts for the phone do not show anything resembling a fingerprint scanner. Still, a PayPal executive let slip earlier this year, that the scanner will be a feature on the next iPhone and Apple has received patents for some of the technology involved.

Based on a report leaked on Saturday, we should see the Apple iPhone 5S unveiled on September 10th. It is unknown whether or not the low-cost Apple iPhone 5C will also be introduced on the same day. Earlier this year, Kuo said that the next iPhone would not only offer the fingerprint scanner, it would be powered by a faster A7 processor and a version for the world's largest carrier, China Mobile, would be made available.

source: AppleInsider

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1. SingDaFire

Posts: 74; Member since: Jun 21, 2013

It'll be another fail like the apple maps.. Anyway good Luck

14. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

IDK about another fail. A fingerprint scanner could be an enhanced security option. My problem is this late, a fairly significant 'feature' is getting added? Maybe for the iP6, there will be a fingerprint scanner. But not for the 5S. If there was a fingerprint scanner for the 5S, it would have leaked by now. Timmy doesn't run as tight a security (from leaks) shop as Steve did.

52. meowcenary

Posts: 187; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Enchanced security option? Biometrics is not so secure nor is it accurate. If you used fingerprint scanner before, it is a pain in the alpha if scanned wrong or if finger was not placed correctly for a reading. Also fingerprint scanners can be easily defeated. The foolish thoughts of chopping one's finger off by a thief is retarded. To me apple is another company screaming novelty with this feature. Fingerprint scanner used in conjuntion with heart pulse or retinal image would prove harder to defeat. Again the issues would still be for users are is my finger placed correctly for a clean reading. If so when I use it for access of my device or a secured area. In a rush would my finger placement be in the correct position for the sensor/software to make a match with my stored print?

57. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Perhaps Apple has managed to improve on the weaknesses of previous fingerprint scanners? If they haven't, the iScanner will flop like others have in the past.

23. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

And Apple going too say we invented this & patent.

27. darkkjedii

Posts: 31616; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Oh lord, here you go again.

34. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Well, to be fair dark, Apple isn't exactly known for being the most "fair" with their patents.

40. darkkjedii

Posts: 31616; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Yes that's true, but gadget over does it with the patent thing. Maybe apple does too huh?

42. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

It is a little much to comment negatively on almost every Apple article that may have to do with patents, but it isn't really wrong either. But, I won't criticize Apple on this fingerprint scanner unless I hear about them suing Motorola for the original Atrix (or any other company that has used fingerprint scanners on their devices that I haven't heard about).

47. darkkjedii

Posts: 31616; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Now that would truly be something to call them out on. One thing I will say about apple though, is when the do adopt existing tech, they implement it in cool way. We'll see what they do with this.

31. SonyXperiaNexus

Posts: 374; Member since: Oct 01, 2012

But now you can finger SIRI (if you know what i mean) lol

33. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Motorola ATRIX had fingerprint scanners, but seems that this idea failed since Motorola no more releases phones with fingerprint scanners. Other companies also didn't follow Motorola. Lenovo was releasing laptops with fingerprint scanners, but seems that they also no more cultivate this idea. Seems that all this happened not without a reason, I don't think that this idea will succeed with Apple too.

45. softfurryanus

Posts: 232; Member since: Jul 09, 2013

It will (do better than what you mentioned) because Apple is doing it, people will think it is the best thing ever and Apple will be seen as "innovative" (as usuall). At the end of the day Apple will probably utilize the feature better than the ATRIX and lenovo laptops as well.

49. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Yes, I know about that and I agree with you. But if there will be a lot of problems with fingerprint scanning or if it not become popular, I believe that even Apple brand name won't help and Apple will remove it from upcoming iPhone models. But I agree with you that Apple will try to create more hype about fingerprint scanning feature than previous companies did and people who are not into tech will believe that it is something new and innovative.


Posts: 456; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

nm nm nm

44. verbalize

Posts: 150; Member since: May 03, 2013

Yes just like Samsungs Water resistant phone. LOL

51. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

customer: Oh god it's not scanning my finger print, then bringing iPhone in apple store. Then apple will told them u need to replace this, it cost u 100$ if u not gonna replace this then your iPhone not gonna unlock.

65. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Apple: U gonna replace your finger. How about that??? HAHAHAHAHA...

2. mariosuneo4

Posts: 75; Member since: Aug 07, 2013

waiting for iPhone 5S or whatever the name will be apple make it fast

3. ngyixian96

Posts: 91; Member since: Feb 05, 2012

It's totally useless

18. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

A secure way to unlock your phone or possibly to verify your identity if it gets stolen. No need to remember lock paths, codes or anything. Just swipe your finger and your phone unlocks. Yep totally useless. Unless it was google nexus feature, then it will be praised by android fans like a god made feature that apple will copy one day.

26. buccob

Posts: 2980; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Well I love Android, but I admit that my first Android phone was the Motorola Atrix 4G mainly because of the cool Fingerprint scanner feature.. I saw the potential of it, and to this day I still think it is the most secure and fastest way to unlock your phone... After that I had the Galaxy S3 and then Xperia Acro S and the only feature I will ever miss from that Moto is the Fingerprint Scanner.... It makes way more sense to have such scanner than a Face unlock... and it even makes more sense to have it in a phone than in a notebook... for the sole reason that we unlock our notebooks around 5~10 times a day, and we unlock our phones nearly 100 times a day...

30. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

It can also work as verification tool if your iPhone gets stolen, it can lock the phone and you can only unlock it with your finger print. Also It can be used when you buy apps instead of adding your code all the time just swipe your finger. Of course in case it doesnt work in that rare occasion it will have backup verifications etc.

37. buccob

Posts: 2980; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Well and not only that, I remember that my old Toshiba laptop came with a fingerprint scanner software that, besides letting you add encryption to files, it would allow you to use a specific finger of your hand to launch specific apps or websites... It would be really could if this can get implemented... to use your fingers as app-launcher shortcuts... I.E. Index: Unlock Phone Middle Finger: Open Web Browser Ring Finger: Open Camera etc

38. tedkord

Posts: 17478; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

It was a Motorola Atrix feature over two years ago. Apple users thought it was useless, so you see it goes both ways.

48. scott5626

Posts: 49; Member since: Sep 01, 2009

That's because most things by android are half backed. (Hello Touchwiz )

59. Tuxedo

Posts: 356; Member since: Mar 19, 2013

This is so true. Apple will not release this until they get it right. That's how Apple got where it is today.

63. willard12 unregistered

While most things by Apple just work....(hello Apple Maps)

4. nobelset

Posts: 270; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

It's not going to be useless if they do it right. If it was me I would design it in a way that when you push the home button it will automatically scan your fingerprint and unlock the phone straight away. In a sense it's an unlock button that's far more secure xD

5. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

All is well till someone steals your iphone and cuts off your fingers to get into it.

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