The upcoming iPhone 5S has long been rumored to have some sort of new security capability. Many have pointed to a fingerprint sensor as being the way forward, as one could be placed discretely in the home button. While that is true, an Apple patent revealed today instead shows the process by which a sensor could be placed in the screen.
The patent does show a unique process: most fingerprint readers are included in separate hardware accessories. Since this has been a persistent rumor, it seems at least possible that the reader will in fact be included with the iPhone 5S, which is expected to ship in early fall of this year.