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3 ideas for a better iPhone 5

Jonny Evans | Aug. 6, 2012
Early iPad and iPhone prototype pictures have been made available as part of the defining court case between Apple [AAPL] and Samsung. Today let's consider some of the more extreme ways with which the iPhone 5/new iPhone can set itself apart from its Korean rival.

Early iPad and iPhone prototype pictures have been made available as part of the defining court case between Apple [AAPL] and Samsung.  Today let's consider some of the more extreme ways with which the iPhone 5/new iPhone can set itself apart from its Korean rival.

Biometric security

We use our smartphones. They are becoming an essential portal to almost everything in our digital lives.

For consumers that's all your communication, images, contacts, URLs and localization data -- no one wants that information widely shared.

For enterprise users -- already flocking to iOS because they seem to think it's more secure than Android alternative -- the risk of lost BYOD devices is that miscreants may potentially gain access to all manner of corporate data, including the potential threat to highly confidential material held on the company intranet.

That's before you even consider the risks of malware or Trojan Horse bug wielding third party apps.

Human curiosity means an astonishing 83 percent of those who find a mobile device can't stop themselves from taking a look at the data they hold -- though sometimes that's just about finding out who to return the gadget to.

The need for more secure security systems is driving mobile device makers to invest in biometric identification technologies. This is why Apple purchased mobile security firm AuthenTec for $356 million last week. The latter creates a range of mobile device security solutions, including fingerprint scanning technologies. How much evidence do you need that somewhere down the line your mobile device will scan your fingerprint?

It won't stop there: criminals have been known to remove people's fingers just to use their thumbprint. This means device vendors will likely deploy multi-faceted security protocols: PIN codes, retina scans, face recognition. Oh, and take a look at this Apple patent for a few ideas as to what's to come in a future new iPhone. Will we see this in iPhone 5?

It seems possible, Goode Intelligence today predicts mobile biometric security will move from: "An interesting concept" to a "must-have" feature for all smart mobile devices," by 2015.

Wireless recharging

I've written about inductive device charging before. More recently I heard some speculation from industry insiders who are wondering if the new iPhone will support such a feature. If it were to do so, it's only a question of time until it would also be made available for iPads and Apple latops, too.  (The latter might also benefit from ideas for solar charging).

That the company is exploring these ideas is clear. The company was last month granted a patent (Patent No. 8,207,906) that would equip a docking station with inductive charging circuits and a reradiating antenna.

 

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