With all the howling and dead horse flogging of the GCSB sideshow in an attempt to either take the heat off Mr 29% or falling victim to their own hypocritical paranoia, I wonder if the likes of Billy Big Steps propaganda agent The Gurnard and NZOA bludger and
top 2nd tier media presenter Russell Brown will want one of these upon release:
The strongest indication yet that Apple’s new iPhone 5S will have a fingerprint scanner has been discovered by an app developer.
A string of code discovered in the latest beta release of Apple’s iOS 7 software implies that either the iPhone 5S or iPhone 6 could come with a fingerprint scanner.
The code describes a user touching the Home button with their thumb. A fingerprint then appears on the screen, that changes colour – presumably to signify a match – and the ‘recognition is complete’.
A folder called Biometric Kit was also found.
A string of developer code discovered in the fourth beta release of Apple’s iOS 7 software, pictured, gives the strongest indication to date that either the iPhone 5S or the iPhone 6 could have a fingerprint scanner
A folder called Biometric Kit, pictured, was also found and the feature could be for security reasons to unlock the phone, or to authorise payments in the App Store and prevent people from stealing your phone, reading your messages or obtaining personal data
The feature could be for security reasons to unlock the phone, or to authorise payments in the App Store and prevent people from stealing your phone, reading your messages or obtaining personal data.
The screenshots were tweeted by developer Hamza Sood.
Rumours about a fingerprint scanner being introduced to an upcoming Apple handset first emerged before the iPhone 5 was released in September last year.
Apple had purchased security company AuthenTec, which analysts claimed was because Apple wanted the firm’s expertise in NFC (near field communication) and biometric secutiry technologies.
The iPhone 5 did not include the feature, though, and this led people to speculate that the next model – dubbed iPhone 5S – or later versions, such as iPhone 6, would include the feature.
In April this year, rumours surfaced that the next iPhone model could be delayed because of this technology.
A supply chain source in Taiwan told Reuters that Apple was trying to find a coating material that did not interfere with the fingerprint sensor, and this may be causing production problems.
Then in May, PayPal’s chief information security officer Michael Barrett claimed fingerprint scanners could spell the end of modern-day passwords and the technology would become more popular once Apple introduces it to one of its products. – Source
Will all those “decent journalists, trained and skilled” that are obsessively bleating and moaning about how terribly important bagging the GCSB is want an iPhone 5S with the capacity for Apple to store your print?