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iPhone 5S Fingerprint Sensor Likely, iPhone 5C Release Gaining Momentum

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There’s more evidence that the much-rumored biometric fingerprint sensor on the upcoming iPhone 5S will actually come to fruition.

Without bogging you down in all of the techie details, a Computerworld reader leaked text associated with the testing done on iOS 7, the upcoming version of Apple’s wireless operating system. It describes a person holding an iPhone while touching the home button, and her fingerprint changing color "during the setup process." It’s expected the sensor will add a layer of security for the phone’s users.

Otherwise, industry insiders aren’t expecting a lot to be different with this year’s model. A better camera, a faster processor, and most likely a screen size similar to the four-inch display that the iPhone 5 offers.

This news follows a report earlier this week that Apple might truly offer a so-called "budget iPhone," now dubbed the iPhone 5C, sometime before the year is out.

The information emerged from a China Labor Watch investigation that brought to light concerns about worker abuse at one of Apple’s Chinese parts manufacturers, Pegatron.

Describing some of the work at the factory, the report said: "Todays work is to paste protective film on the iPhones plastic back cover to prevent it from being scratched on assembly lines. This iPhone model with a plastic cover will soon be released on the market by Apple."

iPhone 5C is the name that has emerged in speculation about the less expensive iPhone, presumably aimed at emerging markets. But analysts have been quick to attack that name as standing for "cheap." Some insiders have said that the phone will still cost between $300 and $400 without a subsidy and still will be too pricey for regions with fewer people in position to shell out that much for a phone.

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