PayPal exec confirms fingerprint-reading iPhone is coming

PayPal exec confirms fingerprint-reading iPhone is coming
Google is planning to replace password with more up-to-date authentication means, and Apple is apparently gunning for the same, starting with the venerable iPhone franchise, or so we've heard multiple times already.

PayPal's Chief Information Security Officer - you know, the guy that is after all those fraudulent ways to game the payment system, took the stage at the Interop security expo to hint what a future without passwords might mean.

Among the keynote talking points was this little gem: "It's widely rumored that a large technology provider in Cupertino, Calif., will come out with a phone later this year that has a fingerprint reader on it. There is going to be a fingerprint enabled phone on the market later this year. Not just one, multiple."

Coupled with yesterday's reports from the Taiwanese supply chain that Apple might be using a capacitive touch home key this time, made by sapphire crystal, which will double as a fingerprint scanner, and the old adage "when there's smoke, there's fire" fully applies.

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20 Comments

1. Mxyzptlk unregistered

This is a good idea to add extra security on a phone that is already secure.

9. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

U do realize apple purchase the company. Not create.

11. stealthd unregistered

You do realize that's completely irrelevent right?

15. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

And DO U realize Apple is integrating as in creating that technology as part of the iPhone and other devices. Apple didn't create the smartphone either, but Apple has done a great job with its ideas about what the "modern day" smartphone should look like.

2. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

I've had a bio metric scanner equipped phone long ago, all I hope is this works better.

3. jacko1977

Posts: 428; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

just most virus ridden os dont you mean and fingerprint reading already been done still ijunk 5S/6 still 3 years behind the competition

4. bucky

Posts: 3794; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Keep telling yourself that while continuing to pay more attention to apple articles than those of your favoured OS. Troll.

13. jacko1977

Posts: 428; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

i read it coz i enjoy laughing

19. stealthd unregistered

Are you laughing at your own comments for how silly and nonsensical they are? Because everyone else is.

5. GhostBear

Posts: 25; Member since: Feb 01, 2013

Over 2 years of use and the fingerprint scanner still works great on my Motorola Atrix 4G. Hopefully more software will catch up and begin supporting biometrics.

6. chocolaking

Posts: 495; Member since: May 22, 2012

This will be cool..

7. moronman66

Posts: 162; Member since: Jan 09, 2012

His wording makes me believe that there won't be an iPhone that will be released with this, he merely confirmed that there have been rumors of the iPhone that have it, and he said there will be multiple phones this year that have it. Either this confirms that there will be two iPhones this year, both with fingerprint scanners, or that other phones will [also] be getting fingerprint scanners. Also, in this case, could mean that this doesn't quite confirm that the iPhone will get it this time around, but it is a distinct possibility.

8. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

We already know that PayPal. Finger sensor was already on Motorola Atrix 4G. Why act like it's a big deal for them,

16. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

Because it's what you do with the technology. Apple didn't invent the tablet -- that was MicroSoft. What Apple did was create a tablet that was immensely successful, something MicroSoft couldn't figure out on it's own. It's a big deal when consumers are buying the products in millions of units. More first generation iPad were sold in its first year than all the MicroSoft tablets to date, respectively.

10. Randz

Posts: 10; Member since: May 14, 2013

i hope there's more than just a fingerprint scanning device..

20. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

I'd rather a company (any company) not have my fingerprint on file in addition to all the other information they already have on me.

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