A year ago, Apple purchased AuthenTec, a fingerprint sensor maker. Is this the fruit of that acquisition? A folder full of code leaked from the beta 4 version of iOS 7 to 9to5Mac is the biggest clue yet to what riches the upcoming iPhone--though probably not this one--brings. Entitled BiometricKitUI, the folder suggests there will be a biometric fingerprint sensor on the iPhone's home button. This is the text in full:
Photo of a person holding an iPhone with their left hand while touching the Home button with their thumb_;
A fingerprint that changes colour during the setup process._
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9to5Mac says the tech will unlock the phone--good news for any Apple product lovers who live in fear of having their mobile device swiped, and any harassed parents who have watched four-figure sums disappear from their bank accounts courtesy of their tech-savvy kids as they download in-app purchases. Expect this sensor to be the bedrock of any future payment system that Apple chooses to put into future devices.
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