The iPhone 5S is getting closer to launch and if PayPal’s chief information security officer is to be believed, the new version will feature a fingerprint scanner.
Michael Barrett, chief information security officer at PayPal, has hinted that smartphone manufacturers are going to incorporate fingerprint scanners into their devices in an attempt to innovate the way we protect personal information. “It’s widely rumored that a large technology provider in Cupertino, CA will come out with a phone later this year that has a fingerprint reader on it,” he said.
Cupertino-based Apple is just such a company, and while rumors of a fingerprint scanner have been going around lately, this is the first time a major executive has confirmed it. “There is going to be a fingerprint enabled phone on the market later this year,” Barrett said during his address at Interop earlier this week. “Not just one, but multiple.”
A major part in this development is Apple’s recent purchase of AuthenTec, a company specializing in mobile and network security. The purchase went largely unnoticed and will give Apple an edge in two ways: on one hand, it will provide Apple with new security solutions; on the other hand, since AuthenTec was a major supplier for Samsung, they will be hurting the competition.