“Apple is expected to launch a new iPhone this year with a fingerprint sensor hidden beneath the home button — an intuitive design that could be difficult for competing Android and Windows Phone devices to copy,” Neil Hughes reports for AppleInsider.

“Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities expects Apple’s acquisition of AuthenTec to pay off this year with the so-called ‘iPhone 5S,’ the company’s anticipated next-generation handset,” Hughes reports. “He believes that with the addition of a fingerprint sensor below the iPhone’s home button, Apple will be able to replace the use of usernames and passwords, allowing users to authenticate in a more efficient manner. He also expects that the fingerprint scanner will integrate with applications such as Passbook to enhance their functionality.”

Hughes reports, “Kuo has a particularly strong track record in predicting Apple’s future product pipeline.”

Much more in the full article – recommended – here.

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