iPhone 6 Will Likely Include a Fingerprint Sensor

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The newest iPhone, which some speculate will be called the iPhone 6, is rumored to include a fingerprint detector. 

According to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the next iPhone will include a fingerprint sensor for security purposes. Kuo, who has an accurate track record in predicting iPhone release dates, also said that we can expect the phone to be released in June or July.

He also speculated that the phone will have a better camera and a more powerful A7 chip. 

But for those keeping up on iPhone 6 rumors, the fingerprint detector shouldn't come as a surprise. Apple purchased AuthenTec earlier this year, a mobile network security whose key product is fingerprint sensors. 

Apple isn't the first to think of a fingerprint detector for mobile devices. Validity Sensors, a company that supplies fingerprint sensors to the PC market, showed off an Android with one last week. 

"Not only does that provide a simple user experience, [but] it also is high security," Director of Technical Marketing Dough Vargha said of the fingerprint-ready Android.

"It's easy to hack a four-digit PIN, but a fingerprint belongs to you and you only."

The fingerprint, called "Natural Login" by Validity, will be used to log into a device and validate transactions.

Apple rumors also indicate that the company is trying to keep up with the size of gadgets like the HTC Droid DNA and Samsung Galaxy S III. The Christian Science Monitor's Matt Shaer said the new iPhone might have a 4.8-inch screen. The iPhone 5 has a 4-inch screen.