iPhone 5S and iWatch Rumored to Read Your Fingerprints

It looks like an extra layer of security could be coming to both the iWatch and iPhone 5S. According to the latest rumors, both devices will offer the ability to scan your fingerprint, which could be used to unlock the device and even possibly authenticate mobile payments.

The move shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, considering that Apple purchased AuthenTec, a mobile security firm that focuses on fingerprint scanning technology, last year.

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The rumor comes courtesy of an analyst who met with a component supplier in China and Taiwan. The supplier said this fingerprint technology will primarily be used for “essential security purposes,” but added that it could open doors for Apple to enable credit card payments.

If Apple does add fingerprint reading to its phone and watch, the Cupertino company won’t be alone. At CES this year Validity Sensors demonstrated its fingerprint verification technology running on an Android phone, and we’ve already seen fingerprint readers on the back of a few handsets from Fujitsu and Motorola. It’s how Apple leverages fingerprints that will make all the difference, whether it’s unlocking your phone, purchasing apps without entering a password or paying for real-world goods.

via Tech Radar, AppleInsider, image via Patently Apple

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