iOS 7 beta 4 contains key evidence that iPhone 5S will have fingerprint sensor

Text strings in new iOS 7 beta describe fingerprint recognition system built into Home button

The new iOS 7 beta rolled out by Apple on Monday contains significant evidence to support the speculation that the next-generation iPhone, expected to be named the iPhone 5S, will have a fingerprint sensor built-in to the Home button.

A folder called "BiometricKitUI.axb" was spotted in the fourth beta of iOS 7 beta by Hazma Sood, along with an accompanying text string describing an image of "a person holding an iPhone with their right hand while touching the Home button with their thumb." A second image has the same description, but the person holding the iPhone in the opposite hand.

In addition, also described in the text is an image of "a fingerprint that changes colour during the setup process." This will be accompanied by a status indicator that will tell the user when the recognition process is complete.

A fingerprint sensor could be used to help improve the security of the iPhone to allow safer mobile payments. It could also be used in conjunction with Apple's Passbook app.

This is not the first we've heard about the possibility of a fingerprint sensor in the next iPhone. Last year, Apple bought AuthenTec, a company that specialises in security systems such as fingerprint scanners, which sparked speculation about the introduction of such technology in future iOS devices.

An Apple job listing in April also hinted that the company is working on fingerprint sensors for an upcoming device.

Numerous reports have suggested that the introduction of a fingerprint sensor could contribute to delays expected to plague the iPhone 5S. Trusted analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities has said that the technology, which is expected to be built underneath the Home button, poses multiple technical challenges for Apple.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags iPadsmartphonestabletsAppletwitteriPhonehardware systemsconsumer electronics

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Ashleigh Allsopp

Macworld U.K.
Show Comments

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Laura Johnston

MSI GS65 Stealth Thin

If you can afford the price tag, it is well worth the money. It out performs any other laptop I have tried for gaming, and the transportable design and incredible display also make it ideal for work.

Andrew Teoh

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?