Wednesday, May 18, 2016

iPhone 5S fingerprint sensor limited to user authentiion, secure payments due in 2014

The upcomingiPhone 5Srevision, likely slated for an announcement at ’s upcomingSeptember 10 media event, is widely expected to include thefingerprint scanningfture based on ’s 2012acquisitionof smart sensor experts AuthenTec.Now, there’s been a lot of uncertainty as to what software ftures the smart sensor might support.According to a resrch note issued late yesterday to clients, an analyst predicted the fture would be initially used to authentie users in place of the iOS slide-to-unlock fture because rumored secure payments which are dependent on the smart sensor won’t be rdy in time for the iPhone 5S introduction…MacRumorshas the quote from Munster’s note to clients:We expect the iPhone 5S to include a fingerprint sensor with a basic fture, but do not believe the sensor will be built into iOS 7 enough to introduce a fture like secure payments as we believe that Authentec has only been a part of for less than one yr.We believe that payments could be a fture of the next version of iOS in 2014.I think Munster is only telling half the story.I don’t think did not have enough time to implement additional fingerprint scanning ftures on the iPhone 5S. It’s more like fingerprint scanning will be this yr’s Siri – that is, an exclusive fture purposefully limited at launch to the iPhone 5S.But as rolls out the fingerprint sensor across other upcoming iOS devices such as the iPad 5, iPad mini 2 and perhaps even a sixth-eration iPod touch, I imagine the company will gradually roll out additional software capabilities built around the fingerprint scanning hardware.
’spatentdescribes protecting the delie fingerprint scanning circuitryAt any rate, the company is in an interesting position where it could demonstrate its fingerprint sensor outfitted devices are safe from malware, an important ft for corporate users. And there’s no doubt that the fingerprint sensor is the pre-requisite for a rumored iTunes mobile payment service.He’s also expecting aniPhone phabletand a rumored-branded smartwatchby mid-2013 and says theiPad 5and thenew iPad miniwill arrive in October. Finally, the analyst re-iterrated his long-standing stance that could unveil astandalone setbefore yr’s end,“with a 70 percent chance of the product shipping within the first half of 2014″.Interestingly, Munster thinks will keep the current iPhone 5 alongside the iPhone 5S and budget iPhone, which contradicts areport by ETNewsalleging will discontinue the iPhone 5 following the upcoming launches. For what it’s worth, ’s strategy thus far has included offering past two iPhone erations at reduced prices alongside the current model.
Munster’s predictions regarding ’sblockbuster Fall.Fingerprint scanning, apparently the next iPhone’s killer fture, could obsolete the by allowing users to authentie themselves on websites and in apps simply by rolling their thumb over the Home button, aPayPal executive recently opined.According to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the iPhone 5S could integrate fingerprint sensor in the iPhone’s Home button, which will be protruded in order to provide enough room for the sensor. And becausebiometric sensors are extremely delind prone to wr and tr, is expected to cover the Home button with sapphire.It’s worth mentioning that AuthenTec’s RF and capacitive sensor technology is far less susceptible to damage than the common optical recognition used in other devices.

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