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February 4, 2014

Apple’s iPhone 5S driving move to biometrics market

619 million people will have biometrics on their mobiles by 2015.

By Amy-Jo Crowley

Apple’s iPhone 5S is driving the biometrics market into consumer electronic devices as mobile users turn to fingerprint technology, Goode Intelligence’s latest forecast has predicted.

The mobile security firm said about 619 million consumers will have fingerprint sensors on their mobiles by 2015, fuelled by greater user convenience and the removal of physical buttons from mobile devices.

Alan Goode, founder of Goode Intelligence, said Apple has shown the market how to deploy biometrics into consumer electronic devices through its fingerprint technology on the Apple 5s.

"Apple’s flagship smartphone has proved a very popular device with consumers, outselling the less expensive iPhone 5c that ships without Touch ID. Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook, believes that the Apple 5s has proved so popular because Touch ID is a ‘major feature that has excited people’," he said.

Goode Intelligence also predicted that the next stages of consumer biometrics will create solutions that are more "intelligent and seamless".

"Initial growth has been on smart mobile devices but is now starting to appear in other electronic devices including smart cards, Internet of Things (IoT) connected devices including connected cities and buildings, smart TVs, household appliances, gaming systems and wearable computing. This enables our identities to be conveniently proved across a wide range of connected devices to access cloud-based services," added Goode.

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