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Apple's iPhone 5S opens up more questions than answers for businesses

Antone Gonsalves | Sept. 11, 2013
While the new smartphone could put Apple in a 'leading position back into the enterprise,' a lot has to happen before its potential is realized.

For example, Motorola Mobility, a unit of Google, included a fingerprint scanner in the Atrix 4G phone in 2011. The feature was later discontinued in part because of customer complaints that several attempts were needed for it to work.

For Apple's sensor to be enterprise-ready, it will have to read a minimum of 14 points on a fingerprint, Ford said. Anything less would not meet the requirements used when fingerprints are submitted as evidence to identify suspects in criminal cases.

"Anything less than 14 points on a fingerprint in my opinion is a failed implementation, because it's very easy for someone to duplicate," Ford said.


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