“Apple is going to launch the iPhone 5S (or whatever it decides to call the next iPhone) sooner rather than later,” Chris Ciaccia writes for The Street. “We all know that. What we don’t know is what Apple will include to show consumers, Wall Street and the media that innovation at the tech giant is alive and well. That innovative feature could be the tip of your finger.”

“Apple acquired in the middle of 2012 AuthenTec, a company that deals with mobile and network security solutions,” Ciaccia writes. “AuthenTec’s fingerprint technology could be used in the next iPhone to unlock the phone, or perhaps even for payments processing. When the deal was first announced in 2012, Wells Fargo analyst Maynard Um speculated this could be the reason for the AuthenTec deal.”

Ciaccia writes, “‘Additionally, we believe fingerprint identification technology will be part of the iPhone 5S and this is likely to be the major new feature used to market the iPhone 5S, similar to what Siri was to the iPhone 4S,” Topeka Capital Markets analyst Brian White wrote in his note [to clients].”

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