Rumors seem to indicate that Apple’s new iPhone and iPad models will incorporate a fingerprint reader to facilitate additional security. While Cloud services may help protect your data across platforms, using biometric security on mobile devices may be the next phase of protection needed in case you lose your smartphones and tablets.
Technology companies have already been using fingerprint readers in corporate identification and ID-cards. While fingerprints are not completely unique, and many biometric scanners scan samples of a “print” over a whole, it is another security step to protect against identity theft. Passwords alone have been compromised by hackers several times. Adding biometrics to mobile devices may be the next step.
In China, sales of the Lenovo smartphone catapulted as Lenovo became a major player in that market. It includes the fingerprint reader technology that Lenovo introduced in their 2013 notebooks and tablets. Lenovo offers use of different fingers to secure different applications.
Like all rumors awaiting Apple’s announcement on September 10 2013, the integrated fingerprint reader feature is only conjecture. If Apple doesn’t do it, a competitor might. Until 2013, the iPhone has been the leader in user-friendliness and methodology. Adding a larger screen and a fingerprint reader addresses two concerns that has plagued Apple’s value and mobile sales in 2013. In order for Apple to survive as a major player through 2014, device security and personalization is a practical extension of cloud data security.
The integrated fingerprint reader idea in a smartphone isn’t new. Motorola introduced it in 2011 for the European and US markets in their Atrix phone. Poor sales against iPhone and Samsung Galaxy helped make that feature barely recognizable.
Fingerprint readers have been available as optional accessories for notebook PC models for over a decade. If Apple decides to leap into integrating a fingerprint reader into their new iPhone, iPad, and MacBook lines, it could be a revolutionary use-changer. A fingerprint reader is an additional lock for the passwords you already use and a very secure method to thwart thieves from taking your mobile device.
Among the uses that have lagged behind in smartphones is mobile, online e-commerce has been the overall perception of security. As more mobile devices may start using a fingerprint reader in the future, decisions may need to be focused not only on the smartphone or tablet specifications but also on the integrity of the integrated biometric device. That could compromise very inexpensive tablet models. Biometric analysts, like Veracode, are likely to become major players in validating the new technologies needed.
Do you think the addition of a fingerprint reader will help you feel more secure with your mobile device? Will the fingerprint reader help you return from Android to iPhone? For now, it’s up to see what the minds at Apple have devised. Biometrics is the tech of the present. Is Apple ready to deliver it to you?