Apple will incorporate fingerprint security technology in the next-generation iPhone, it has been claimed, as more and more rumours about the company’s plans for 2013 continue to emerge.
KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicts that the handset that tech sites have prospectively dubbed the iPhone 6 or iPhone 5s will feature a fingerprint sensor beneath the home button.
Set to replace passwords and passcodes, the sensor could up the ante for smartphone security and make the digital wallet app Passbook a much more appealing proposition, while also providing Apple with a real differentiator in its battle with Android and Windows Phone.
According to Kuo, whose record in reading the runes for iPhones is pretty impressive, Apple will also equip the phone with an enhanced camera and an A7 processor.
Alongside a new flagship kit, this year will see the arrival of the fabled cheaper model, claims Kuo, who threw his weight behind ongoing speculation that this will come in a range of colour options.
The cost of the phone will be kept down by replacing the metal and glass construction of the iPhone 5 with a plastic construction, he said, and by recycling parts from earlier models.