Wall Street Journal confirms new iPhone has fingerprint sensor

By , Sep 10, 2013

mockup fingerprint sensor iPhone 5S Marti Hajek

According to a new report from The Wall Street Journal, the rumors are true, Apple is going to introduce a new iPhone tomorrow morning with a fingerprint sensor built into the Home button.

In a last minute scoop, the news outlet says it has confirmed with “people familiar with the matter” that the much talked about feature will indeed be present in at least one of Apple’s new handsets…

The Journal’s Danny Yadron reports:

“Placing a finger on a computer or smartphone has long been proposed as a way to avoid the need for passwords to authenticate users of computers and other devices. People familiar with the matter said last week that Apple will include a fingerprint scanner on the more expensive of two iPhones it is expected to unveil Tuesday at an event at its Cupertino, Calif., headquarters.”

Analysts and industry insiders have long been calling for this year’s iPhone model, believed to be the iPhone 5S, to house a fingerprint sensor. But up to this point, we’ve seen remarkably little evidence of it. The Journal’s confirmation, however, adds a fair amount of weight to theory. So we wouldn’t bet against the idea.

Apple purchased fingerprint-reader specialist AuthenTec in 2012, and owns all kinds of patents on related tech. Embedding fingerprint sensors into mobile devices isn’t new, but it has thus far proven unsuccessful. Yadron believes that both reliability and ease-of-use will help Apple succeed where others failed.

We’ll find out for sure in less than 12 hours. Apple’s iPhone media event is slated to begin tomorrow morning at 10am PST. We’ll, of course, be covering the keynote live. So be sure to join us!

Top concept image credit Martin Hajek

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  • Adnan Mosali

    I really hope its more than just a fingerprint , and I really want iOS 7 , sick of waiting

  • Willie

    5S = Sensor

    • Qasim Bashir

      i guess it’ll be “Secure” not Sensor

  • englishmike

    I hate these “Wall Street Journal” confirm stuff. They don’t know, they just read all the leaks as we do and if enough of them say a feature is coming “Wall Street Journal” confirm it. Idiots!

  • Fevostone

    Is the keynote going to be on Apple TV..?

  • Ricky

    8 more hours

  • batongxue

    7.5 hrs!

  • Abdullah Ahmed

    so when i forget my phone home and want them to give me a number i want from it no one would ever unlock it :)) this is kinda stupid

    • Juhweetwelwie

      you probably can also choose to use the code for unlocking so np there

    • ConduciveMammal

      Yeah, it’s likely that there’ll be a back-up plan in case the fingerprint won’t work for whatever reason, or as you say to grant someone else access

    • Elma

      And how many times has this happened to you before?

  • Juhweetwelwie

    :D

    • FOFF

      it does not light up sad

  • ConduciveMammal

    It appears also that Google have jumped on the wagon and are also implementing fingerprint sensors in their phones. Apparently when they see a good idea, they don’t care, they copy it so as to not leave the Fandroids wanting more than what they can give. Fuckers.

    • Kurt

      Note 3 was long rumored to have one but they couldn’t get enough of them made in time. By the way, there were android phones with fingerprint scanners on them 2 years ago. So, it’s funny reading your comment when you seem to be unaware of anything but made up Apple facts

      • mehrab

        There were tablets before apple. Its funny how they all failed and when apple did it the first time they nailed the **** out of it.

      • Kurt

        iPad is not a great tablet. What is great about it is, the apps. Which are awesome. Not the ones made by Apple, I’m talking about the 3rd party apps. iPad is just a blown up iPod touch. I want an even larger ipad with vibrations and connectivity with bluetooth devices like mice, etc. iPad is king, but not because of the iPad but because of the 3rd party apps. That’s an unbiased opinion. Yours are just “apple is best”

      • mehrab

        4 things that make ot the best. Performance. Design. Retina display. Ios n

      • Kurt

        Design: iphone5=chips, scratches, dents, bent…far from being the best. Youtube iPhone 5 Bent.

        Performance: Definitely one of the best but you do have to suffer without features which sucks.

        Retina is too low. 441ppi is noticeably sharper. And it’s time for an HD screen. Plus, LCD screens of iPhone are too unsaturated. But you get great whites. But blacks suck. S4 is much better. 441ppi, plus you get awesome whites and awesome blacks. and and and you can change the saturation to be lower like the iPhones or more saturated to be more realisitc or like the native setting which is lower than S3 to be more saturated. another thing you can’t do with the iphone.

      • mehrab

        The galaxy s4 is the best phone ever. Amazing speed amazing features great buld quality everyday features amazing fragmentation thats actually a new feature of android or is it old? Doesnt matter still the best and it has octa core amd 13 mp camera where the iphone has only dual core and 8 mp huhuhuhuhuhahahahah! I love my amoled screen the colors make me want to express my love for colors. They are so beautifully fake and oversaturated. And the ppi is so nic that i cant even tell a difference with the iphone 5.

      • CryptoCoin420

        Can you name a phone that has a fingerprint scanner on it? I googled it (did not look very hard, but then again if its true, I shouldnt have to dig for it) but did not find anything.

      • Ed

        Motorola Atrix

      • FOFF

        it sucked

      • CryptoCoin420

        And where is that phone today? Yeah thats what I thought.

      • Kurt

        Motorola ATRIX 4G

      • FOFF

        “By the way, there were android phones with fingerprint scanners on them 2 years ago” yeah and no one cared cause android suuuuucks…

  • Moi

    Oh have a break we’re about to know every thing …… 6 hours left

  • Yunsar

    I really doubt that you’ll be able to use it as a passcode though. Knowing apple, it will be very restricted. Cydia will come to the rescue hopefully.

    • Qasim Bashir

      what would be the point if its not fully integrated with the iPhone’s functions

  • PETER MAFFAY

    fingersprint = more data for NSA

    • Qasim Bashir

      the govt already has that, drivers licenses, passports etc all processes record fingerprints.

      • CryptoCoin420

        Plus I was in the Navy for 9 years, already on record…..

  • Fiko

    NSA spy ur fingerprint

    • Qasim Bashir

      the govt already has that, drivers licenses, passports etc all processes record fingerprints

  • Qasim Bashir

    less than 3 hours people!!!

    • Elma

      28 minutes!! Lol

  • FOFF

    stop teasing us with that pic pleas..lol