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August 20th, 2013
Will the next iPhone have a fingerprint sensor?
PC Mag reports that the top rumormongers say the new iPhone will have a fingerprint reader built into the Home button. Some people think this could revolutionize the smartphone, but I am not one of them. My skepticism has nothing to do with Apple or the iPhone. It’s just that I have seen at least three iterations of fingerprint readers come and go since 1980. The last one showed up on various laptops and some sort of security device. Disclaimer: there was a similar cycle with tablets but Apple cracked the formula to make them successful. The smartphone itself was similarly cracked to change the category’s direction. Thus, it is possible that Apple has some new idea or use for the fingerprint sensor…