Fingerprint scanning technology on the iPhone 5S could help prevent devices from theft. Apple's iPhone 5S and 5C unveiling Tuesday (Sep. 10) will finally confirm or debunk rumors about the much talked about fingerprint scanner.
According to the Wall Street Journal Monday (Sep. 9), the iPhone 5S is expected to have this new built-in security feature. It's counterpart, the iPhone 5C will not have a fingerprint scanner but is also expected to be revealed Tuesday at the Apple media event live from Cupertino, Calif.
Analysts have speculated that Apple would add fingerprint scanning to its iPhone 5S since its 2012 acquisition of fingerprint sensor technology developer, Authentec. Reuters reported that secure authentication sensors may help U.S. consumers feel more at ease with the idea of making purchases using mobile payments.
AuthenTec's fingerprint scanning technology is already widely used in Japan for mobile wallet services. Apple may set a trend in the U.S. with other manufacturers by adding a fingerprint scanner to the iPhone 5S. This new secure owner identification feature may provide a boost to online mobile payment services and also help reduce offline theft. In New York City, iPhone theft has become such a growing issue that the New York Police Department has a special task force set up just to catch iPhone thieves.
The “Find My iPhone” app can help owners locate their lost device is some instances but many thieves know how to disable this feature on a stolen device. Fingerprint scanning expected to be built into the upcoming iPhone 5S would eliminate the 4-digit pin password. The owner’s unique fingerprint would be the only key to unlocking the device making it less likely to be stolen.
Apple’s innovation appears to have slowed down within the past few product releases. Rival tech companies such as Samsung and HTC are moving in on the mobile market with updated hardware specs and useful features. The Apple event is expected to take place Tuesday at Apple headquarters, 1:00 p.m. EST (10 a.m. PST).