It has been widely speculated that one of the major new features of iPhone 5S will be the fingerprint sensor that will allow users to unlock their device without entering the password.
Wall Street Journal has just confirmed that the next generation iPhone, which will be unveiled at a media event tomorrow, will indeed include the fingerprint sensor.
Placing a finger on a computer or smartphone has long been proposed as a way to avoid the need for passwords to authenticate users of computers and other devices. People familiar with the matter said last week that Apple will include a fingerprint scanner on the more expensive of two iPhones it is expected to unveil Tuesday at an event at its Cupertino, Calif., headquarters.
As expected, the report also notes that the fingerprint sensor will be available only in iPhone 5S, and won’t be available in the less-expensive iPhone 5C, which is also expected to be unveiled at the event tomorrow.
The report points out Motorola had included the fingerprint sensor in Atrix 4G phone in 2011, but had to stop using the sensors as customers complained about the reliability of scanners. The report points out that improvements in technology have made fingerprint scanners a lot more accurate and reliable. Apple is likely to use fingerprint sensor technology from Authentec, a mobile security firm, which it had acquired last year for $356 million.
Reports have indicated that users will be able to unlock iPhone 5S equipped with fingerprint sensor by tapping on the Home button.
Apple is expected to unveil iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C at tomorrow’s media event. We will be bringing you live coverage the event so don’t forget to join our Facebook Fan page, follow us on Twitter, add us to your circles on Google+ or subscribe to our RSS feed.[Via WSJ]