On Monday, iOS 7 code posted on the internet by London programmer Hamza Sood revealed the new Apple iPhone expected in September will likely contain a fingerprint biometric sensor. (Click to enlarge)
“Fingerprint sensor in iPhone 5S is much more than a gimmick. This + iCloud keychain = end of passwords,” Bulgarian developer Pavel Simeonov tweeted on Tuesday.
It was reported earlier this year that Apple had delayed production of the next iPhone because it was unable to find a coating material that did not interfere with the fingerprint sensor. Following Apple’s acquisition of network security company AuthenTec last year, it has been speculated that Apple would move to integrate biometric technology on its popular devices.
In 2011, Apple was caught logging iOS 4 iPhone locations. “Ever since iOS 4 arrived,” wrote Alasdair Allan and Pete Warden, two O’Reilly media researchers, “your device has been storing a long list of locations and time stamps. We’re not sure why Apple is gathering this data, but it’s clearly intentional, as the database is being restored across backups, and even device migrations.”
Following the tracking revelation, Alex Jones and Paul Joseph Watson wrote that the trendy corporation is equally as evil as Google, a transnational infamous for its spook connections and willingness to work with authoritarian regimes eager to censor the internet and track political dissidents.
“Like Google and Microsoft, Apple likes to grandstand as an ethical company, indeed, in its early days it was considered to be outside the mainstream,” Jones and Watson wrote. “However, as Apple has raked in the profits, it has concurrently started to rival Google in the ‘evil’ stakes.”