Apple's new iPhone may have fingerprint sensor

Tuesday, 30 Jul 2013 | 11:45 AM ET
Adam Jeffery | CNBC

Apple's next iPhone may come with a new feature: a fingerprint sensor.

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On Monday, the iPhone and iPad maker released a new beta version of its software, iOS 7, to developers. According to 9to5Mac, there is a folder in the beta version of the software called a "Biometric Kit" with a string of code that says "A fingerprint that changes colour during the setup process."

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The "Biometric Kit" folder has led many to speculate that the new smartphone, dubbed the iPhone 5S, will have a fingerprint sensor that is used as part of the home button.

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Such a feature could be used to replace Apple's current lock-screen system, which requires a four-digit PIN number.

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Of course this isn't the first time that it has been rumored Apple would build a fingerprint sensor into its hardware. Last July, the tech giant acquired AuthenTec, a company that makes biometric security hardware, for more than $350 million.

Analysts expect the Cupertino, Calif., company to reveal the next generation iPhone this September or October, however, the company has not confirmed an exact date.

Besides a fingerprint sensor, the new phone is also rumored to feature an enhanced camera, an A7 processor and an improved Siri system.

By CNBC's Cadie Thompson. Follow her on Twitter @CadieThompson.

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  • Matt Hunter is the senior technology editor at CNBC.com.

  • Cadie Thompson is a tech reporter for the Enterprise Team for CNBC.com.

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  • Lipton is CNBC's technology correspondent, working from CNBC's Silicon Valley bureau.

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