iPhone 5S fingerprint scanner confirmed in iOS 7 beta 4

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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.”

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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.

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