IPhone 6 fingerprint sensor rumored to be included in the next iPhone, as early as June. Besides the iPhone 6 fingerprint technology, there are also reports of a bigger screen iPhone.
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The source? KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has a good track record for predicting when new Apple products will launch, says that Apple's next iPhone 6 (a.k.a 5s) will include a fingerprint sensor for security. He's saying this next version of the Apple smartphone could launch in June or July, which would be ahead of the typical fall release schedule. Kuo also thinks that the iPhone 5S will have an improved camera and will have a more powerful A7 chip, according to ComputerWorld in Singapore.
The arrival of an iPhone fingerprint sensor shouldn't come as too big of a surprise. Earlier this year, Apple purchased AuthenTec, a mobile network security for about $356 million. One of AuthenTec's key products: fingerprint sensors.
But neither Apple nor AuthenTec are alone in this field. As LAPTOP reported last week, Validity Sensors, a company that supplies fingerprint readers to the PC market, is moving into mobile too.