Despite AuthenTec buy, no fingerprint technology for iPhone 5

September 18, 2012 - 

Considering Apple’s AuthenTec acquisition earlier this year, industry experts predicted that the iPhone 5 would incorporate fingerprint technology.  While the iPhone boasts a range of new features, many find it disappointing that there are no fingerprint sensors.  That means no fingerprint swiping.  Well, not yet, anyway.

Apple remains mum about its reason for acquiring the fingerprint specialist, but rumor has it that fingerprint sensors will emerge in future Apple products such as iPad 4, the next iPhone with iOS 5, or Mac notebooks.

“It’s really difficult to say what Apple intends to do with fingerprint technology,” Adam Leach, a mobile expert with London-based consultancy Ovum said in an article for “Maybe they want to use fingerprints instead of their Apple IDs or for connecting with other devices.”

What do you think? Do you see biometrics integration on the horizon for the iPhone 5, or will we have to wait for a new iteration?

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T’ash Spencer writes full time for She has 15 years experience in the field of regional planning and earned her Master’s of Science in Regional Development Planning and Management from the University of Dortmund, Germany. Follow her @tashspencer1.