Apple will include a fingerprint scanner on a high-end iPhone the company is expected to announce on Tuesday, according to The Wall Street Journal.
If true, gone will be the days of using four-digit passcodes on iPhones. The new technology will supposedly work by a simple touch on the front of the smartphone. The idea is to fool thieves and hackers.
Evidence has been mounting about Apple jumping into fingerprint technology. After thefingerprint sensor and identity management software company Authentec last year, rumors floated that it was aiming to use the technology in its new devices.
In July, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Officethat described a technology in which a sensor is used to trace a person's finger and fingerprint and determine, based on that, if they have proper credentials. Then, last week, that suggested Apple's next iPhone will come with fingerprint scanning technology on its home button.
If Apple does indeed include a fingerprint scanner on its rumored, it's likely other smartphone makers will follow suit, according to The Wall Street Journal. Apparently, a couple of companies that make smartphones for Google Android have also been working on adding fingerprint sensors -- although it's unclear which devices these will be.
Apple is expected to unveil the iPhone 5S and a cheaper iPhone 5C model at a press event on Tuesday. Tune into at 10am PT to get a real-time breakdown of the event.
CNET contacted Apple for comment on the fingerprint scanner. We'll update the story when we get more information.