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Biometric iPhone 5s may not live up to expectations

An analyst has recently said that the Biometric features of the iPhone 5s may not live up to our expectations and probably wont be able to authenticate contact less card payments due to the company only working with apple for around a year.

We expect the iPhone 5S to include a fingerprint sensor with a basic unlocking feature, but do not believe the sensor will be built into iOS 7 enough to introduce a feature like secure payments as we believe that Authentec has only been a part of Apple for less than one year. We believe that payments could be a key feature of the next version of iOS in 2014.

The device is likely to offer third party apps integration with the Biometric scanner however the way in which this will be rolled our across the industry is still to be seen. The feature could, as stated simply be a new way to unlock your device, replacing the need to enter your PIN code.

iOS7 confirms rumors of the Biometric Home Button

With the latest IOS 7 release, Beta 4 apple have slipped up and released details of what appears to be a fingerprint scanner hidden under the home button.

After apple’s acquisition of bio-metric security firm AuthenTec last year rumors have been flying around about Bio-metric Fingerprint scanning however apple themselves have remained quiet, until now. The most recent pre-release developers version of iOS7, BETA 4 contains details on an accessibility module referring to bio-metrics and in particular a thumb being pressed to the home button.


The particular piece of code we are referring to is part of the bundle “BiometricKitUI” which appears to be the text for some kind of tutorial for using the fingerprint scanner on the device. The strings which are of particular interest are quoted below.

– Photo of a person holding an iPhone with their left hand while touching the Home button with their thumb
– Photo of a person holding an iPhone with their right hand while touching the Home button with their thumb
– A fingerprint that changes colour during the setup process.
– Recognition is %@ complete


We have read a number of reports from other news websites that apparently production of fingerprint scanners is proving difficult for apple and so initial stock of the device may be limited by a bottleneck in production however apple has always had a long waiting list of people waiting for their new phones and so this should come as no surprise to die hard apple fans!

Possible design of a Sapphire Home Button incorporating a fingerprint scanner.

iPhone 5s Sapphire home button?

Possible design of a Sapphire Home Button incorporating a fingerprint scanner.

Possible design of a Sapphire Home Button incorporating a fingerprint scanner.

It has been brought to our attention that apple may be planning to use Sapphire as a material to cover the rumoured Finger print scanner which is said to be integrated under the home button on the new device.

Rumours around the trademark home button have long been around however through all the generations of iPhone the home button has remained the same. This latest rumour however does seem to tie in with the increasing probability that the new iPhone will include a Fingerprint Scanner after apple’s acquisition of security firm AuthenTec last year.

This latest incarnation of the rumour seem to point towards the fingerprint scanner being located under a “Clear” home button which would also incorporate the usual home button features through use of a capacitive touch area.

Sapphire has also been rumoured as the covering for the new back panel camera and its scratch resistant properties make it a perfect material for these purposes, as well as one day possibly being used as the screen covering too, however the price of sapphire will need to come down a lot before that idea takes hold.

Let us know what you think about the fingerprint scanner, and also the use of sapphire in a mobile phone screen in the comments below!

iOS 7 May be running behind schedule

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During some recent conversations with developers and analysts it has been said that apple’s latest mobile operating system iOS 7 may be running behind schedule.

What I’ve heard: iOS 7 is running behind, and engineers have been pulled from OS X 10.9 to work on it.

The interview went on to discuss details such as the level of re-design that’s gone into this release and it seems as though iOS 7 will symbolise

a significant Re-Design of the Operating System and its user-interface. There is however a quote floating around from some analysts saying that the new design is making many people really happy, but will also apparently make rich-texture-loving designers sad.

[ad 1]The upgrades thought to be on the new iPhone 5s are a range of features including a Biometric scanner for payments and authorisation in apps possibly from a security firm apple recently acquired called AuthenTec last July. There is also apparently going to be a “shakeup” in the pass

book team meaning that this new biometric feature could be what Passbook has been waiting for to fulfil its potential as a contender for the likes of Google Wallet and Paypal

The developers who are special enough to carry around an iOS device loaded with the new iOS 7 are even said to have special privacy filters fitted to their devices to reduce the viewing angle on the screen, meaning that no-one can accidentally catch a glimpse of the new design before its released. That is until someone leaves one in a bar after a night out anyway.

Back in 2007 Apple delayed the release of OSX Leopard in order to concentrate their efforts on a version of iOS, and this sounds like the same case for iOS 7 and OSX 10.9

Currently the iPhone 5s is thought to be announced in July for an August release however this will not be confirmed until just before the date itself, if previous announcements are anything to go by think weeks before rather than months.

Will the iPhone 5s Support NFC and Fingerprint Scanning?

A Japanese website today has announced today that a Taiwanese firm (Chipbond) will be producing a number of components for the iPhone 5s, including the touch display driver as well as chips to support a fingerprint sensor and NFC features. The current rumour is relating to using the Fingerprint scanner to enhance security when using NFC for payments.

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Various different rumours have surfaced since apple acquired the security firm AuthenTec some time last year, who themselves have been heard to have started cutting off their own customers in order to focus their efforts on a “New Technology” which will presumably be integrated into the latest iPhone 5s. Various iPhone analysts have also been quoted around the Internet as saying that a fingerprint sensor on the next iPhone will really place the handset into a league of its own.

Including NFC has been a long-standing rumour for the iPhone, and its inclusion for the iPhone 5 failed to materialise however Apple could have novel plans up its sleeve for deploying NFC within the mostly aluminium case of the iPhone 5 that will undoubtedly encase the iPhone 5s, by means of a patent recently published which would utilise the circuitry of the touch screen to function as a RFID antenna, meaning no additional antenna hardware would be required.

[ad 1]It has been noted that apple are moving slowly in the mobile payments area of the market and this could be down to working hard to integrate NFC into the mix, meaning that apple can provide a complete payment solution of its own, which would hopefully, finally mean that the Apple Passbook can have a real use, as up until now in the UK the app has failed to really reach its potential.

Foxconn is also reported to be ramping up production and will be producing the iPhone 5s on the same production line as the iPhone 5.

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