Rumours suggest that the Apple iPhone 5S, which is likely to go on sale in the second or third quarter, could be equipped with fingerprint scanning technology.
Speculation was prompted about this new feature when Apple filed a telling patent last year, and information from the China Times suggests it will be on the market soon.
The American manufacturer also bought out AuthenTec, a company which creates biometric scanners.
This user verification feature would help to improve security of the phone, only allowing permitted users to unlock the device and access information.
Flaws in the passcode system currently used were exposed recently, after thieves were able to bypass the code request by hacking into the software.
A more advanced solution may therefore give people more confidence about storing passwords and private information, such as banking details, on mobile phone applications.
The technology could also be used in combination with near field communication (NFC) capabilities to ensure security of contactless in-store transactions.
Posted by Samantha Green