Apple has release iOS 7 beta 4 to the developers earlier this morning. The latest beta brings numerous UI changes, improvements and bug fixes. But a developer Hamza Sood has discovered a hidden code in iOS 7 beta 4 that points to the addition of fingerprint sensor in iPhone 5S…
The code found in the iOS 7 beta 4 supports the previous rumors of fingerprint sensor built into the home button of next generation iPhone. The reference code suggests that the fingerprint sensor would be a part of the next-gen iPhone’s home button.
Here are the relevant strings found in iOS 7:
“Photo of a person holding an iPhone with their right hand while touching the home button with their thumb”
“A fingerprint that changes colour during the setup process”
“Recognition is complete”
The above mentioned strings are found in a bundle named “BiometricKitUI,” and are what iOS would read to the user if VoiceOver is enabled. Sources familiar with the matter has informed 9to5Mac that the UI part of the fingerprint scanning system has been completed and the feature’s primary focus is on unlocking the iPhone.
Speculations about fingerprint sensor built into the iPhone 5S started making rounds ever since Apple acquired Authentec, a mobile security firm specialized in such sensors.
If Apple introduces the feature in this year’s iPhone model, it’ll be interesting to see its implementation as an iPhone unlocking method.