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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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