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Leaked photo all but confirms Apple iPhone 5S fingerprint scanner

Apple’s iPhone 5S could come with a fingerprint scanner with new pictures online further stoking the fire that suggests the device will include one.

Technology blog iPhone in Canada carries a photo of the retail box for the new iPhone 5S that shows a distinctive silver ring around the normal plain black home button at the foot of the screen.

If included, the new feature will help to ramp up security on the device and is expected to initially allow users to unlock the device before the possibility at the later date that it’s used to authenticate payments and transactions.

Analysts are bullish on what the fingerprint technology will do for Apple’s credibility in the enterprise sector with Maynard Um, Wells Fargo analyst, telling USA Today (opens in new tab) that the inclusion will address “enterprise security issues for Apple and open up that market to the company more”.

“Everyone is looking at what this new phone can do, and one of the key things is fingerprint authentication. People are underestimating what this technology can do,” Um added.

Rumours over a fingerprint scanner being included have been flying around all summer in the lead up to the new device being released with code spotted in iOS 7 beta 4 that seemed to confirm its presence on the smartphone.

Apple is widely expected to release the new iPhone 5S alongside a cheaper alternative, the iPhone 5C, at twin launch events in California (opens in new tab) and Beijing (opens in new tab) on 10 and 11 September.

Details on the iPhone 5 successor, the 5S, are scarce and alongside the fingerprint scanner rumours suggest the device will ship in a champagne colourway, include NFC technology and have a slightly quicker dual-core processor.

The iPhone 5C, released at the same time, will target emerging markets with a cheaper price point and comes in a range of different colours.

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Jamie Hinks

Jamie is a freelance writer with over eight years experience writing for online audiences about technology and other topics. In his time writing for ITProPortal he wrote daily news stories covering the IT industry and the worldwide technology market, as well as features that covered every part of the IT market, from the latest start ups to multinational companies and everything encompassed by the IT sector. He has also written tech content for our sister publication, TechRadar Pro. Jamie has since moved into sports betting content and is Content Manager at Betbull.