The iPhone 5S has already been expected to feature a fingerprint sensor for months, and now The Wall Street Journal has corroborated the rumor less than 24 hours ahead of Apple’s planned unveiling of the device tomorrow. (
2 a.m 1 A.M on the 11th Sept Malaysian time).
“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,” according to the Journal. The second iPhone is rumored to be the iPhone 5C, a lower-cost, multi-colored iPhone 5 with a plastic back.
Apple purchased a company called AuthenTec last year that specialized in biometric security, and a patent was recently filed by Apple that details the company’s designs for a reader built into a button. It’s believed that the 5S will feature a redesigned home button with a ring around the edge that will act as a capacitive scanner.
Part of the Journal’s report notes that, “at least one new smartphone running Google Inc.’s Android operating system to be released this year will include a similar fingerprint sensor” as well.
Stay tuned for more about the event and the new iPhone 5S and 5C.