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No matter how many iPhones are dished out at Apple's September 10 event, they will all but certainly ship with the latest iOS 7 operating system. The mobile software has been redesigned visually from the ground up with new animations, depth and perspective, and layering. It represents the biggest change to iOS' design since it first launched back in 2007.
Apple bought biometrics firm AuthenTec in 2012 for $356 million. Since then, the Cupertino, Calif.-based technology giant filed new patents to suggest a sensor could sit behind or near to the home button. Developers also found similar code and application hooks in a recent beta of iOS 7, which will run on the next-generation iPhone. This would be a significant hook for businesses and enterprises who require bring-your-own-device (BYOD) users to ensure secure connections.
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Rumors suggest an "iPhone 5C" is on deck for a September 10 announcement, or at least before the critical December holiday sales period. Leaks have already pointed to a plastic backing that may make production cheaper, and therefore cutting down the ultimate cost of the device to emerging markets. Apple is expected to roll out a range of bright differentiating colors, though this will likely be a feature limited to the low-cost "cheap" phone.
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