Apple has announced that the release of the iPhone 5S is being delayed until the fall. This has instilled quite the fear in many of Apple’s supporters. One may ask why is the new iPhone being delayed?
Rumor has it that this delay is caused by the introduction of fingerprint scanning technology into the iPhone. Michael Elgan stated, “I believe Apple sees the NFC chip and fingerprint scanner as part of a Grand Strategy: To use the iPhone as the solution to the digital identity problem.” With IT Security becoming a more prevalent issue, this could be Apple’s best innovation yet. A perfect example of IT Security is the Associated Press scandal that someone wrote about in their blog post, which showed how easily a breach in IT security can affect a nation. In addition to that, this iPhone software would put the user in charge of what is secure and not, giving them the choice in the matter. But unfortunately with such innovation, difficulties can come with creating the product. Some of the possible reasons for the push back of the release are:
1. Reuters reported that, “A supply chain source in Taiwan said Apple was trying to find a coating material that did not interfere with the fingerprint sensor, and this may be causing a delay.”
2. Difficulties within manufacturing
3. Getting this new software to work with a 99.99% reliability
4. App Testing
Now the real question is, is this new take on the iPhone worth the wait? In my opinion, absolutely. No one has been able to solve the IT security issue yet in the world. This could be the first step to solving this problem that plagues the world. It could revolutionize technology as we know it.