For months it has been rumored that the iPhone 5S would feature a fingerprint scanner, and now it looks like that rumor has been confirmed. The Wall Street Journal reports this as true.

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iPhone users had to use a four-digit passcode

For years, iPhone users had to use a four-digit passcode to secure their smartphone. This new technology is set to change all of that. Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) first ignited the rumors last year when they bought up Authentec, an identity management company. Then just a few months ago, Apple’s patent application for a special sensor that would trace a person’s fingerprint and finger to determine credentials was published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Last week, photos of an iPhone with scanning technology on the home button surfaced on the internet.

It’s likely Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) will start a trend with their new fingerprint scanning technology. It’s also reported that some of the tech companies behind Android are also working on similar technology. Whether we will actually see fingerprint scanners on such phones in the near future remains to be seen.

The iPhone 5S will debut at today’s Apple event

The iPhone 5S will debut at today’s Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) event, which starts at 10:00 am Pacific Standard Time. It’s also expected that Apple will unveil the budget-friendly iPhone 5C during the same event. It’s highly unlikely that the latter phone will feature the fingerprint scanner.

The Guardian recently shared their two cents on Apple’s fingerprint technology and whether it will work, stating, “Fingerprint scanners in the past have been a bit hit and miss. The technology, although relatively established in industry and enterprise settings, has never really been available to the mass market consumer or on anything other than secure laptops. That’s generally because it has been a frustrating experience for the end user. If Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) manages to make the process of secure login via an in-built fingerprint sensor a smooth and seamless experience, it could revolutionise the way consumers use their phones and bring about faster, more secure platforms for developers to expand upon.”

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is an innovative company and it’s highly unlikely their latest technology will be a flop.