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Forget Android’s Face Unlock, iPhone 5 To Go One Further

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With the iPhone 5 release date speculated to fall sometime in the last week of September, things are heating up regarding what new features we may see. The latest comes courtesy of iOS 6.

iPhone 5 may incorporate fingerprint scanning for security purposes

Matt Brian over at TheNextWeb has told us that the new iPhone 5 might have technology that would allow the user to use their fingerprint for identity for the Passbook app in iOS 6. It came to our attention last month that Apple is buying AuthenTec, a network security provider. After looking at many documents and SEC filings, Brian came up with speculation that it was Apple’s plan to include the fingerprint tech within their latest iPhone 5.

Apple were in a rush to take over the company and have said that production would continue, which makes you think that they wanted it for something that was coming very soon, the iPhone 5 or the iPad mini.

Passbook is one of the applications that have been shown off by Apple in their latest iOS 6. It deals with things such as movie tickets, loyalty cards, retail coupons and boarding passes. This of course is all data that is sensitive and which users want to keep confidential. With phones being personal devices it seems likely that the fingerprint technology could be used to its best advantage on the next iPhone 5.

Unlike FaceUnlock which has been criticized for its inaccuracy in different lighting conditions as well as loopholes which let users get around it, fingerprint scanning is something that is widely used and proven.

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