A thin slate of product announcements at Apple’s early summer developer conference left iFans hungry and waiting for more. Now, the iRumor mill is back in high gear regarding what is likely to be launched this fall for iPhones and iPads, just in time to be on the shelves for holiday gift giving.
iPhone 5S fingerprint scanner – impulse purchase enabler?
While device security is the obvious “big picture” reason for using biometric fingerprint-scan technology in an upcoming iPhone model, speculation abounds about other motivations behind this future feature. The most popular rumor suggests that the biometric tech is being added to enable digital wallet ease for third party transactions in Apple’s Passbook software. At least one source offers a simpler theory.
In a recent editorial on GottaBeMobile.com, Chuong Nguyen suggests that the current log in procedure may be a significant barrier to impulse purchases of apps and content in Apple’s own iTunes store. Using fingerprint scans instead of your current alpha-numeric password is a less likely barrier to making spur of the moment purchases.
iPad mini getting maxi-resolution screen?
After earlier rumors were quelled regarding Apple’s next iPad mini getting the company’s Retina display technology, it appears that a hi-res screen may be back on the table. Just days after archrival Google announced that a hi-res screen would be used on its newest Nexus 7 tablet, reliable sources shared new rumors that Apple would indeed have a Retina display on the newest version of its iPad mini. The latest version of the mini is set to debut this fall.
Not only would such a move keep Apple neck-in-neck with Google in the device-spec race, but it is also likely to deflate early sales of the new Nexus 7 tablet. Many buyers will probably wait to see what the new iPad mini has to offer before choosing either one of the devices.
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, Biometric Technology