iPhone 5S fingerprint scanner confirmed in iOS 7 beta 4

iPhone 5S fingerprint scanner confirmed in iOS 7 beta 4
If the rumors are right, Apple will be announcing new hardware in just over a month, which would mean that iOS 7 should be closing in on its final form soon. Today saw the release of iOS 7 beta 4, and the change log for the new beta release has a couple interesting additions, including possible confirmation that there will be a fingerprint scanner on a new Apple product.

For the most part, beta 4 is filled with bug fixes more than anything else, but developer Hamza Sood has uncovered what looks to be solid evidence that new Apple hardware will include a fingerprint scanner. In the update package, Sood found a folder labeled "BiometricKitUI", which was a good indicator, but the code carried the real smoking gun. 

The code for iOS 7 expressly describes the set-up process for a fingerprint scanner embedded in the iPhone Home button. During the set-up tutorial, there will apparently be a photo showing "a person holding an iPhone with their left hand while touching the Home button with their thumb", and "A fingerprint that changes colour during the setup process."

We had heard before that the iPhone 5S had production delays because of the fingerprint scanner, and this seems to confirm the hardware. This would be a pretty big change for an "S" iPhone, which usually just focuses on internal specs boosts. Of course, the code doesn't necessarily mean there will be a fingerprint scanner in the iPhone 5S, but it's a s

source: 9to5Mac & BGR

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72 Comments

1. mrblah

Posts: 577; Member since: Jan 22, 2013

cant wait

8. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Innovation, pure innovation.

10. AnTuTu

Posts: 1612; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

Innovation, pure innovation hahahahahahahahahahahahaha

22. HouTexan

Posts: 461; Member since: Jan 08, 2012

He says stuff like this just to stir the pot. It's easy to see that by his posts.

13. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

It's not pure innovation it already have been done. They just purchase the company that invented the finger sensor. My old Atrix had it.

17. AnTuTu

Posts: 1612; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

Exactly :)

67. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

TY and plus one for u An Tutu

42. rgxVOiD

Posts: 440; Member since: Aug 30, 2012

The joke ------------------------- Your head

70. quakan

Posts: 1418; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

Lol I was just thinking that.

36. letgomyeggroll

Posts: 139; Member since: Jun 13, 2012

Innovation???!!!! Finger print reading has been around for years. It does not take much to to make it work with portable devices which have been in use for years!! Public safety been using on their portable devices. Not many end user don't care to use it, and that is why a lot of manufacture don't care to put in their devices. And other thing is that it will issues, unless you're planning to wipe that button every time you done using reader. "Oh yeah you were past out drunk I just unlock your phone by holding your thumb to the reader". YEP, that's great for portable devices. Again...Apple brings up old innovations to make it their new innovation!

37. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

2. omarr

Posts: 149; Member since: Sep 15, 2012

Then they said , Apple can't innovate anymore .

3. omarr

Posts: 149; Member since: Sep 15, 2012

I am waiting for Motorola Atrix comments

4. wando77

Posts: 1168; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

They cant....This has been done before on a Motorola android phone

7. darkkjedii

Posts: 31039; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Innovation could also have to do with how it's implemented too

9. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I agree. I can't wait to see the creative ideas apple has for the new scanner.

11. AnTuTu

Posts: 1612; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

I agree. I can't wait to see the creative ideas apple has for the new scanner ---> hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

19. omarr

Posts: 149; Member since: Sep 15, 2012

Stop bieng a parrot

49. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Polly wants a Apple? I mean cracker?

50. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Polly wants a Apple? I mean cracker?

51. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Polly wants a Apple? I mean cracker?

59. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Sorry bout my three comments lost my signal again and it pop up into three saying error on the page

15. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Apple hasn't really been that "creative" for the past few years. They've typically stuck to simplicity and ease of operation. But, after the iOS 7 announcement, I have hope that they'll make some nice features with this fingerprint scanner. If they just use it as another means of security like the Atrix did I'll be disappointed.

20. promise7

Posts: 894; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

I have no faith in Apple without Steve Jobs. He was at the forefront of creativity and innovation. Android is spreading so fast there's nothing Apple can do. The only chance they had was with Jobs, Tim Cook can not steer that ship. The first new hardware design they have after Jobs passed away and they come up with a trash can design for their Mac Pro.

25. appleDOESNT.com

Posts: 456; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

Cook (and Balmer) continually show IS IMPOSSIBLE to replace Jobs and Gates. Cook is lost, no creatively, caving to pressure to gain market share (plastic cheap iPhones anyone?!) Apple has NEVER been about market share... At least under Jobs we knew Apple was Apple and stood for something that wasn't a cheap, multi colored, plastic iphone 5ssssss with a candy coated pastel colored, non skeumorphic iOS

45. TruPatriot

Posts: 110; Member since: May 27, 2013

Apple didn't stand for crap, except for being over priced.

52. Ballua

Posts: 16; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

Do not compare Cook to Balmer. Cook will be even more successful than Steve did. iP5 and the Mini are Cook's era and they are fantastic devices. Meanwhile the IP5 is the best iP of all time, the Mini is giving its body form factor to the long time no change iPad. I believe when the engineer do the lead in a tech company, if that guy has good leadership, he will definitely lead best. Behind Apple, there is a board of directors filled with brilliant people and I also believe they have a good reason behind to choose and pay huge for Cook as their ship's pilot. From my point of view, Apple is getting more true engineering than ever! Let's see!

60. appleDOESNT.com

Posts: 456; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

wow, ballua you are dullua-sional. First off, it is a rare human being to achieve Jobs and Gates level of success. Cook is just a dude who was picked to replace a legend. Much like Balmer. iP5 and Mini are fantastic devices? lol, iP5 is a iP4 weirdly longer that DOES ENABLE A WHOLE EXTRA ROW OF ICONS! and the Mini is a absolute disgrace with that industry low and totally embarrassing 1024x768 res, proving apple just threw it out to try and stop the market share hemmoraging. Apple is demonstrating fear and uncertainty. Everything that made Apple a great brand is being DE-COOKED and Apple soon will NOT be associated with quality but just a another product that's cheap with severely limited options and features. Being that I am appleDOESNT I am loving the fall of Apple. You can't look through the NARROW vision of Apple's eye and not see their pastel, flat, limited true colors

71. quakan

Posts: 1418; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

I think too much credit is given to Steve Jobs with creativity and innovation. That primarily belongs to the designers and engineers at Apple, but since Steve was the CEO and face of the company he gets all the public accolades.

21. appleDOESNT.com

Posts: 456; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

yep! 'touch to unlock' wow, good stuff :/ I'd rather have a scanner on the screen than a ugly fat fingered home button!

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