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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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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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One of the ways pundits and critics alike have highlighted is the ability to make the iPhone's outer bezel thinner by removing it altogether. Having an edge-to-edge display would cut down nearly an inch in width off the device, making it slimmer in the user's hand. The width of the screen likely won't change to retain backwards compatibility, but the shape of the smartphone can change around it.
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