July 30, 2013
On Monday, iOS 7 code posted on the internet by London programmer Hamza Sood revealed the new Apple iPhone expected in September will likely contain a fingerprint biometric sensor.
iPhone home button to contain fingerprint sensor (found in beta 4) pic.twitter.com/tUlZ6xjeer
— Hamza Sood (@hamzasood) July 29, 2013
“Fingerprint sensor in iPhone 5S is much more than a gimmick. This + iCloud keychain = end of passwords,” Bulgarian developer Pavel Simeonov tweeted on Tuesday.
It was reported earlier this year that Apple had delayed production of the next iPhone because it was unable to find a coating material that did not interfere with the fingerprint sensor. Following Apple’s acquisition of network security company AuthenTec last year, it has been speculated that Apple would move to integrate biometric technology on its popular devices.
In 2011, Apple was caught logging iOS 4 iPhone locations. “Ever since iOS 4 arrived,” wrote Alasdair Allan and Pete Warden, two O’Reilly media researchers, “your device has been storing a long list of locations and time stamps. We’re not sure why Apple is gathering this data, but it’s clearly intentional, as the database is being restored across backups, and even device migrations.”
Following the tracking revelation, Alex Jones and Paul Joseph Watson wrote that the trendy corporation is equally as evil as Google, a transnational infamous for its spook connections and willingness to work with authoritarian regimes eager to censor the internet and track political dissidents.
“Like Google and Microsoft, Apple likes to grandstand as an ethical company, indeed, in its early days it was considered to be outside the mainstream,” Jones and Watson wrote. “However, as Apple has raked in the profits, it has concurrently started to rival Google in the ‘evil’ stakes.”
“Instead of posing as an ethical outfit by pushing the pseudo science of global warming, while behind the scenes contracting some of the most oppressive and dehumanizing manufacturers to make their products, if Jobs were to forgo just a few dollars per each item sold, Apple could become a global leader in a new era of genuine ethical capitalism, paving the way for other companies to follow,” Jones and Watson noted prior to the death of Steve Jobs.
Apple will undoubtedly sell the implementation of its coming fingerprint sensor as a product convenience allowing users to forget passwords and not worry about the compromise of data if phones and tablets are stolen.
Integrating biometric ID on the iPhone, however, removes another critical barrier standing between the individual and the surveillance state. If large transnational technology corporations successfully peddle biometric identity technology as yet another trend, the global elite will undoubtedly win a crucial victory in the effort to subject humanity to a sprawling and all-inclusive electronic panopticon.