One of the top concerns of gadget users today is security. This is not just about security from theft but also on the safety of personal and private data stored in these gadgets. Apple has taken these concerns into consideration, and has taken steps to address it. Rumor has it that the next iPhone model will be equipped with the safest technology which can provide extra security for their users.
Several months ago, Apple acquired mobile and network security provider, AuthenTec, mainly because of their smart sensor technology or fingerprint technology. The use of fingerprint encryption and scanning is not new to modern devices. Dell, SONY, and other laptop manufacturers have sold laptops that come with pre-installed fingerprint reading software before. There were issues about the vulnerability of password security from hackers because of this software, but the appeal of finger-print scanning as a form of device security still remains strong. Apple’s acquisition of AuthenTec sparked the hopes of iPhone and Mac users that such technology will be developed for iOS devices. The AuthenTec fingerprint technology is said to have the ability to encrypt data and detect finger print beyond the skin levels. It also has smart sensors that allow users to assign different fingers for various functions like thumb print for messages, pointer for games, and pinky finger for music. This can help users keep their password activity levels at a minimum and optimize the security of their phones.
When iPhone 5 was released, a lot of people expected it to have the fingerprint security feature built-in already. Sadly, they were all disappointed. There is still no word on when Apple will finally unveil their purpose for buying AuthenTec and their fingerprint technology or why it hasn’t been launched yet. Whatever their plans are, consumers have no other choice but to wait and hope that it is well worth waiting for.