Analyst: Apple’s next-gen iPhone’s Home button fingerprint sensor would be difficult for rivals to copy

“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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  1. Except that I like face recognition better- imagine just picking up the phone and it activates the forward facing camera (if it was asleep, the accelerometer wakes it up), sees it’s you and unlocks the phone. Assuming they allow for multiple faces (as well as the slide to unlock with passcode if you want to lend your phone out), you won’t have to push any button at all…

    1. Android tried that. It didn’t work.
      It was easy to bypass by holding up a photo of the user.

      A fingerprint is still the gold standard for authentication. And it’s unobtrusive.

      That, combined with passbook, combined with hundreds of millions of iTunes accounts, is a recipe for a mobile payment system that will get adopted and used.

    2. The problem with facial recognition is that someone could hold a photo of you to the phone and authenticate w/o your permission… Say, a child who wants into dad’s phone?

  2. The fingerprint home button sensor is no big deal, it will be quickly copied one way or another just like everything else. But the big thing does seem to be the plastic exterior. I think that is going to be huge. Like original imac huge.

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