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

0. phoneArena posted on 11 Aug 2013, 01:36

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...

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posted on 11 Aug 2013, 02:38 1

6. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)

More iPhones are stolen with your fingers than any other smartphone...

posted on 11 Aug 2013, 08:32

28. darkkjedii (Posts: 24489; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

So some people steal iPhones with their toes? You kinda sounded like Dorothy/Doyle69 with that one.

posted on 11 Aug 2013, 02:55

7. nobelset (Posts: 270; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)

Well who told you to buy an iPhone!! XD

posted on 11 Aug 2013, 03:03

9. emadshiny (Posts: 1144; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


posted on 11 Aug 2013, 04:35

16. Igneel (Posts: 19; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)

I don't think anyone would take that much effort just to steal a phone.

posted on 11 Aug 2013, 07:54

24. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)

Or copy your fingerprints too.

posted on 11 Aug 2013, 03:43

13. promise7 (Posts: 891; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)

maybe i read it wrong, but the fingerprint sensor is in the home button. they r just going to change the shape of the home button to convex instead of concave.

posted on 11 Aug 2013, 03:01 11

8. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)

Interesting. A fingerprint scanner (which worked really well) didn't help the Atrix sell that well. *shrugs* I guess it's time for the iFinger jokes.

posted on 11 Aug 2013, 03:16 1

11. clevername (Posts: 1436; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)

i thought the same.

posted on 11 Aug 2013, 03:24

12. illusionmist (Posts: 157; Member since: 29 Jan 2013)

Unless Apple has more use of it than just to unlock the phone, that is.

posted on 11 Aug 2013, 05:41

20. Martin_Cooper (Posts: 1601; Member since: 30 Jul 2013)

Maybe thats your opinion. The scanner wasnt on the best possible position on the phone, back then android wasnt all that fast and had lots of security issues, the phone its self wasnt a well known brand, atrix? And many other factors possibly made the atrix be forgotten. Now if Samsung did it well on S4 I am sure it would be great. No ones fault that no one on android have tried it besides motorola few years ago.

posted on 11 Aug 2013, 09:46 3

39. tedkord (Posts: 13894; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)

Motorola wasn't a well known brand? Where, Mars?

posted on 11 Aug 2013, 14:35

56. VZWuser76 (Posts: 4755; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)

I've had a couple laptops with a fingerprint scanner and can honestly say unless HUGE improvements are made I wouldn't consider one again. Most times it took anywhere from to 5 to 15 times to get an unlock. Not a fan of the swiping method.

Why couldn't they use the camera lenses and flash? I have a blood pressure app that asks you to place your finger on the lens cover and turns on the led flash steady to read it. Now in that case they could read the fingerprint AND check for a pulse, which would eliminate the security bypass of photocopy/picture or severed finger.

posted on 12 Aug 2013, 03:36

64. willard12 (unregistered)

I think the fingerprint scanner on the atrix was in a good place where it could be used with one hand while the phone was being held naturally. I'm not sure if the 1 hand operation apple touts can be achieved with the scanner on the home button. I also believe the atrix was only on at&t in the US. that's the main reason it was forgotten.

posted on 11 Aug 2013, 18:40

60. Tuxedo (Posts: 356; Member since: 19 Mar 2013)

I had an Atrix and its scanner did not work well at all. Low scanning success rate made it pointless to use. It was a hassle just to unlock the darn thing.

posted on 11 Aug 2013, 03:15

10. clevername (Posts: 1436; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)

i may be mistaken. but since the iphone 4 apple has used sapphire glass for the iphone. so, why is this a surprise to anyone? they've been using sapphire for the home screen for years

posted on 11 Aug 2013, 03:53

15. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)

You are mistaken. The iP5 came with a rear camera lens of sapphire. The display was Gorilla Glass.

posted on 11 Aug 2013, 08:36

29. darkkjedii (Posts: 24489; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

Way wrong dude

posted on 11 Aug 2013, 05:30

17. thelegend6657 (unregistered)

I wish apple get rid of the physical home button and use a capacitive one

posted on 11 Aug 2013, 05:40

19. belovedson (Posts: 1052; Member since: 30 Nov 2010)

this is a huge invasion of privacy. wow. not only does the gov and tech companies have our private info. they plan on getting our fingerprints as well?! whats next retina scanners.

does this not scare anyone else

posted on 11 Aug 2013, 07:32

22. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1635; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)

No....just you dude...besides they have got half the countries fingerprints in databases already! Mate stop being a scaremongerer

posted on 11 Aug 2013, 06:27

21. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 2195; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)

LIL' innovation..

posted on 11 Aug 2013, 08:06

25. HansGoneInsane (unregistered)

I am not sure whether this feature will work so great for a smartphone. The owner of the smartphone will leave his fingerprints all over the screen. I am sure that some tech guys will figure out a way to use these fingerprints to unlock the phone somehow. Still, going to be a nice phone anyway.I guess the real update will come next year with the iPhone 6.

posted on 11 Aug 2013, 08:59

32. Samsungadroidrules (Posts: 104; Member since: 28 Jul 2013)

Woahh. Go APPLE, if this iPhone 5S won't feature any advanced or innovative features and performance, I guarantee you that your company will suffer , look what happened to Nokia and where are they now. If this iPhone 5S will be a blast, I'll buy it.

posted on 11 Aug 2013, 09:16

35. Qvergnugen (Posts: 6; Member since: 21 Feb 2012)

I wonder how the manufacturers of protective cases are going to handle this new feature?

posted on 11 Aug 2013, 09:19

36. T12RYK (Posts: 113; Member since: 10 Jun 2011)

Its a much better way to secure your phone, unlike Androids Face Unlock feature. I can actually see people using this as its already located on home button. I'm not an Android hater or anything but if Apple do include this feature it won't be a 'gimmick' which is what a lot of Android (mainly Samsung) features are.

posted on 11 Aug 2013, 10:09

41. 1113douglas (Posts: 198; Member since: 04 Jul 2013)

Oh here we go again. U call this invitation.?

posted on 11 Aug 2013, 10:48

46. fay99 (Posts: 113; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)

Fingerprint scanner is a common feature on a lot of android phones in Japan in a long while. Most people here in north America just know Samsung and htc. I don't see anything is innovative from Apple, unless they prove that their sensor really has a lot of differences than the others.

posted on 11 Aug 2013, 13:15 1

54. Shatter (Posts: 2036; Member since: 29 May 2013)

Its nothing new or special, Apple will act like it is if the rumor is true.

posted on 11 Aug 2013, 12:09 1

50. bucky (Posts: 3113; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)

Android article on website full of fandroids = 9 comments.
Apple article on fandroids website = 50+ every time.

I think there are quite a few fandroids that are secretly not happy about their phones...

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