Apple seeds iOS 7 beta 4; biometric fingerprint sensor code found within

“Looks like the rumors are true: iOS 7 beta 4 has leaked a new folder called ‘BiometricKitUI,'” Mark Gurman reports for 9to5Mac.

“Based on the description, sent to us by Hamza Sood, it seems pretty clear that Apple is preparing a new iPhone with a fingerprint sensor,” Gurman reports. “The interface is described [in the full article], pointing to a user being able to swipe the sensor on the iPhone’s home button.”

Gurman reports, “According to a source familiar with the development of the new iPhone, the user-interface for the fingerprint scanning system has been complete. This person also says that the technology is focused around unlocking the phone, so it is unclear if it is built for a payment system (as rumored) in the next iPhone. ”

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Lynn Weiler” for the heads up.]

Related articles:
Apple’s acquired fingerprint sensor patent from AuthenTec revealed – July 18, 2013
Apple ‘iPhone 5S’ specs leak: 4-inch IGZO Retina display, NFC, 12MP camera, 2GB RAM, quad-core GPU, fingerprint reader, sources claim – July 15, 2013
Apple patent application details fingerprint scanner hidden within bezel of iOS devices, MacBooks and beyond – June 20, 2013
PayPal exec seemingly confirms ‘iPhone 5S’ fingerprint sensor – May 15, 2013
Apple’s iPhone will become legal tender – May 15, 2013
Apple ‘iPhone 5S’ to feature sapphire crystal capacitive touch Home button with fingerprint sensor, says source – May 14, 2013
Apple’s next iPhone screen could be made of Sapphire – May 2, 2013
Apple’s next-gen ‘iPhone 5S’ to feature fingerprint sensor, NFC-based ‘iWallet,’ sources say – March 11, 2013
Analyst: Apple’s next-gen iPhone’s Home button fingerprint sensor would be difficult for rivals to copy – January 16, 2013
AuthenTec’s sale of encryption unit hints Apple’s interest lies in NFC and fingerprint readers – November 19, 2012
Fingerprint sensor maker AuthenTec said to dump non-Apple customers in 2013 – September 25, 2012
Apple steps closer toward integrated mobile payment market – August 29, 2012
How NFC could fit into Apple’s iPhone 5 – August 29, 2012
Apple wins NFC-enabled barcode-reading ‘on-the-go shopping list’ patent – August 7, 2012
Apple’s $356 million AuthenTec buy a possible prelude to mobile e-payments – July 27, 2012
Apple patent application details iOS devices that control everything in your home via NFC – July 27, 2012
Apple to buy AuthenTec for $356 million – July 27, 2012
Researcher takes complete control of Android and Nokia phones by merely waving another device near them – July 26, 2012
Mobile e-payments via NFC not ready for prime time until Apple says it is – July 18, 2012
How local businesses and Apple’s Passbook could deliver an unbeatable iWallet – July 13, 2012
The death of cash; paying by iPhone about to become a way of life – July 9, 2012
Don’t overlook Apple’s new Passbook or you might miss the future of payments – June 12, 2012
Apple granted U.S. patent for all-new iWallet credit system architecture – June 5, 2012
Inside Apple’s secret plan to kill the cash register – May 19, 2012
Apple’s iWallet: The one that will rule the world – March 21, 2012
Apple’s new iWallet patent hints at new killer app – March 9, 2012
Apple wins major U.S. ‘iWallet’ patent; the one that may one day ‘rule the world’ – March 6, 2012
Apple invents ingenious security system for the iWallet era – January 9, 2012
Apple patent app describes future iOS devices communicating with parking meters, doors, cash registers and much more – September 22, 2011

28 Comments

    1. That’s just 9to5’s sloppy reporting. The plist says “touching” not “swipe”.
      >>>
      Photo of a person holding an iPhone with their left hand while touching the Home button with their thumb_;

      1. Most of people do not care about passwords, so this feature may not be very important to the masses, but for myself, who always uses password protection, it would be TOTALLY AMAZING.

        If you will add up all the time the likes of myself spending entering password, this innovation will save incredible amount of time.

  1. Bradley Manning verdict Tuesday. Of course, guilty. I say execute the lib ass scum piece of shit. I’ll throw the switch, drop the platform on the noose, pull the lever for the gas pellet … fire the gun that has a real round. Pussies, stay outta the way.

    1. Never been fingerprinted? That means you never signed a document in front of a notary, or purchased real estate, or done countless other routine topics for which a fingerprint is added security. Paranoid, are we?

      1. I’ve purchased and sold multiple homes, in different states, and had countless documents notarized, but have never ever been finger printed. Just saying.

    2. The fingerprint would be local. As an unlock for the device. Apple does not want your fingerprint. They only want a local, phone level, secure ID of the user.

      1. I think it is a great idea, but one that gives me pause. With all of the breaches occurring to “highly secured data” and currently, with finger prints being very effectively used largely by law enforcement, I wonder if the dirtbag thieves of society will figure out a way to screw up this hugely important database. If it is only locally used, then no, but I guarantee you that will be short lived and various apps will be using it and then, eventually, all our finger prints will be out there. Think how useless email is because of spam. Could this happen with finger prints?

        1. I haven’t seen the framework yet, bug I suspect: a) Apple does not allow the developer to receive a digital image of the fingerprint; and, b) Apple really does not want to store fingerprints (and thus be a target of even more requests from law enforcement and intelligence agencies).

    1. For sure not because is only a optional and more convenient way to unlock your phone instead of put in everytime the passcode.
      But there is a high chance, that also apps may use this way of confirmation instead of a passcode.

  2. I wonder how many fingerprints it will allow you to use for access. I can see being in a position where sometimes I would likely use my right thumb, left thumb, right index, etc.

Reader Feedback

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.