If the rumors are right, Apple will be announcing new hardware in just over a month, which would mean that iOS 7 should be closing in on its final form soon. Today saw the release of iOS 7 beta 4, and the change log for the new beta release has a couple interesting additions, including possible confirmation that there will be a fingerprint scanner on a new Apple product.
For the most part, beta 4 is filled with bug fixes more than anything else, but developer Hamza Sood has uncovered what looks to be solid evidence that new Apple hardware will include a fingerprint scanner. In the update package, Sood found a folder labeled “BiometricKitUI”, which was a good indicator, but the code carried the real smoking gun.
The code for iOS 7 expressly describes the set-up process for a fingerprint scanner embedded in the iPhone Home button. During the set-up tutorial, there will apparently be a photo showing “a person holding an iPhone with their left hand while touching the Home button with their thumb”, and “A fingerprint that changes colour during the setup process.”
We had heard before that the iPhone 5S had production delays because of the fingerprint scanner, and this seems to confirm the hardware. This would be a pretty big change for an “S” iPhone, which usually just focuses on internal specs boosts.