Inside the latest beta version of iOS 7 is a rather intriguing folder and set of codes pointing towards integration of a fingerprint sensor beneath the iPhone/iPad’s home button.
Within a folder named ‘BiometricKitUI’ is a string of computer talk with key phrases such as “photo of a person holding an iPhone with their left [or right] hand while touching the Home button with their thumb” and “a fingerprint that changes color during the setup process”. Check it out:
While we’ve not seen any physical evidence of a fingerprint sensor over the past few weeks, there have been rumors that Apple will be incorporating such a technology in to the next iPhone. The 5S – allegedly scheduled for a September release – could just be the perfect device to introduce it. As it’s almost certain to look exactly like the iPhone 5, it will need one unique feature to set it apart from its predecessor.
Although this leak doesn’t give any indication as to which device will have fingerprint scanning, it does suggest that it’s at least being tested by Apple. And, if the code is anything to go by, it would feature a user interface that changes color during the scanning process. At least during set up.
What do you think, do you want to see a fingerprint scanning home button on the next iPhone?