Is This Apple’s Long-Rumored Fingerprint Scanner?
Is this latest supply chain leak conclusive evidence for Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) upcoming iPhone fingerprint scanner? A recently leaked image purports to show the biometric fingerprint scanner rumored to be a part of Apple’s so-called iPhone 5S.
The image comes courtesy of Australian Apple researcher Sonny Dickson, who has been the source of many other high-quality images of various components for Apple’s unreleased devices. Dickson’s newest leaked image depicts the home button component for the soon-to-be-released iPhone 5S.
According to Dickson, “the sensors and flex cable bear a remarkably different design when compared to the iPhone 5 home button.” He believes the differences indicate that the iPhone’s new home button will incorporate the long-rumored fingerprint scanner.
Rumors of an iPhone fingerprint scanner have been around ever since Apple acquired AuthenTec in summer 2012. Although AuthenTec’s original business included many types of embedded security solutions, a number of analysts believed Apple’s primary interest was in AuthenTec’s patented fingerprint sensor technology.
Wells Fargo’s Maynard Um is one analyst who has long predicted that Apple would incorporate a fingerprint scanner into future iPhones. In a recent note to investors, Um noted the significant impact that Apple’s AuthenTec acquisition could have for its products in the mCommerce and enterprise segments of the mobile device market.
“As consumers increasingly rely on mobile devices to transact and store personal data, a reliable device-side authentication solution may become a necessity,” wrote Um. Apple recently confirmed it will unveil its newest iPhone models at a media event Tuesday.
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