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Apple Patents Hidden Fingerprint Reader, May Come on iPhone 5S

By Radu Iorga / February 8, 2013 / Apple, iOS, Technology

Here’s a funny theory: the “S” in iPhone 5S stands for security, unlike the S in the 3GS that stood for speed and the S of the 4S that stood for Siri. There’s a recently filed patent showing that Apple is working on integrating more biometrics security components into mobile devices, as shown below.

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These include the iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad and iPad Mini, as well as notebooks, everything in order to ensure a safe and secure environment, especially in the field of e-commerce. Security was always a major concern, especially in the modern times of NFC-based transactions, with Google widely criticized when Google Wallet first appeared, when it came to security and authentication. Apple’s patent application may be a response to Google’s security issues, as NFC is implemented all over the place, while Apple is happy with its own Passbook app.

The patent here shows a fingerprint reader, one that’s usually hidden under an opaque translucent display or skinned to match the color of the device. On a white iPhone, for example, the fingerprint reader would be hidden behind a screen that is white to match the case. When the user needs to authenticate the translucent window will turn clear and reveal the scanner. Do you think there’s a shot of this making it to an iPhone?