According to several reports, the next version of Apple’s mobile operating system suggests future iPhones will have biometric scanners that read fingerprints.

iPhone-fingerPrintFingerprint verification could also add an extra layer of security when making mobile payments, for example.

A biometric sensor has been a rumored feature on the next iPhone for months. But the rumors got a boost when a beta version of iOS 7 was released Monday night to Apple developers. At least one developer found a file called “BiometricKitUI” containing numerous references to “fingerprint,” according to reports by 9to5Mac and other blogs.

As we store more and more of our personal lives on smartphones, mobile security is becoming increasingly crucial. A password offers some protection, but it may not deter a serious hacker.

For users of Apple devices, more help might be on the way.

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