Numerous reports, including one published recently by Reuters, claim that Apple’s next-generation iPhone 5S will include a new fingerprint scanner. Making use of technology gained from the AuthenTec acquisition, Apple’s new iPhone may provide enhanced security and other features that make use of an embedded scanner. While rumors have been flying for months, a newly published Apple patent may finally reveal some specific information regarding how Apple’s new fingerprint scanner will work.

The iPhone 5S may indeed be Apple’s first “S” phone to include a major hardware revision, and a recently filed patent uncovered by Patently Apple could detail the technology that will be featured in Apple’s new phone. The patent describes a fingerprint scanning mechanism that is incorporated into the bezel of a device like the iPhone, and that could be used to provide secure authentication for a variety of functions.

Details can be found on Patently Apple’s site, which is linked below.