Apple appears to be prepping its next-generation iPhone with a fingerprint sensor.
Developer Hamza Sood tweeted the news on Monday, revealing that iOS 7 beta 4 includes a fingerprint sensor on the home button.
Sood posted a screenshot of the new “BiometricKitUI” folder (below), which contains code meant for users who’ve enabled iOS VoiceOver. The text inside indicates that a biometric sensor will be embedded into the phone’s Home button.
According to an unnamed 9to5Mac source, the user interface for the fingerprint scanning system is complete; the technology is reportedly intended to help unlock the phone. It is unclear, however, whether the function will also be used for a rumored Apple payment system or be integrated into Passbook or other built-in apps.
Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Don’t ditch your Android phone just yet — not all beta features make it to the final product, which will be released this fall.
Cupertino unveiled iOS 7 during last month’s Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC), calling it “the biggest change to iOS since the iPhone.” New details include flatter icons, a lock-screen-accessible notification center, and multi-tasking for all apps, among other updates to Siri, the camera, and iTunes.
Previous beta versions of iOS 7 have included iPad support and message upgrades.
Apple remains tight-lipped about upcoming hardware. However, an image floating around Chinese websites suggests the rumored low-cost iPhone might be known as the iPhone 5C. A labor report out of China yesterday, meanwhile, also tipped a cheaper iPhone.
These rumors come amidst reports that Apple is conducting in-house testing of larger iPhone and iPad screens, as well as the possibility of an iPhone launch delay due to the switch to a larger phone display.
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Google Upgrades Digital Wallet to Pay by Facial Recognition
As we march steadily toward a cashless society, Google is naturally at the forefront of seeing it come to fruition as quickly as possible.
Despite the fact that several years ago Google had a major security scare with its first incarnation of the digital wallet smartphone app, which required a temporary shutdown, they are announcing a new system being tested which does not even require the smartphone at all.
A growing number of people apparently find that having to remove their smartphone is just such a hassle that they are prepared to embrace payment via biometrics – in this case, facial recognition.
As a perfect indicator of the target market, please read this sad quote:
“Imagine if you could rush through a drive-thru without reaching for your wallet, or pick up a hot dog at the ballpark without fumbling to pass coins or your credit card to the cashier,” Bhat said. (Source)
In one sentence, that quote might represent literally everything that is wrong with modern society.
The new system is being cleverly called Hands Free; and, as the second indicator of its potential mass appeal, it will be rolled out first at McDonald’s and Papa John’s fast food restaurants.
A second more serious component to this ties in with the recent rollout of citywide WiFi systems that keep people connected at all times. Layered on top of that is the arrival of billboards with hidden cameras built in that can film you, then track you through your mobile phone. This reality makes the following information more chilling than convenient:
The digital wallet uses Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connections alone [sic] with location sensing capabilities in smartphones to detect when someone is near a store enabled with Hands Free payment technology.
“When you’re ready to pay, you can simply tell the cashier, ‘I’ll pay with Google,’” Bhat said.
“The cashier will ask for your initials and use the picture you added to your Hands Free profile to confirm your identity.”
At some locations, Google is experimented [sic] with using cameras in stores to recognize people with Hands Free digital wallets so they could pay without even pausing. (emphasis added)
The number of people already prepared to accept this system numbers in the millions, according to Google.
Although this announcement would appear to border on satire, please view the videos below to get an idea about a world where cash is seen as a major annoyance, and laziness is embraced as a virtue.
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