Will the iPhone 5s Support NFC and Fingerprint Scanning?
A Japanese website today has announced today that a Taiwanese firm (Chipbond) will be producing a number of components for the iPhone 5s, including the touch display driver as well as chips to support a fingerprint sensor and NFC features. The current rumour is relating to using the Fingerprint scanner to enhance security when using NFC for payments.
Various different rumours have surfaced since apple acquired the security firm AuthenTec some time last year, who themselves have been heard to have started cutting off their own customers in order to focus their efforts on a “New Technology” which will presumably be integrated into the latest iPhone 5s. Various iPhone analysts have also been quoted around the Internet as saying that a fingerprint sensor on the next iPhone will really place the handset into a league of its own.
Including NFC has been a long-standing rumour for the iPhone, and its inclusion for the iPhone 5 failed to materialise however Apple could have novel plans up its sleeve for deploying NFC within the mostly aluminium case of the iPhone 5 that will undoubtedly encase the iPhone 5s, by means of a patent recently published which would utilise the circuitry of the touch screen to function as a RFID antenna, meaning no additional antenna hardware would be required.
[ad 1]It has been noted that apple are moving slowly in the mobile payments area of the market and this could be down to working hard to integrate NFC into the mix, meaning that apple can provide a complete payment solution of its own, which would hopefully, finally mean that the Apple Passbook can have a real use, as up until now in the UK the app has failed to really reach its potential.
Foxconn is also reported to be ramping up production and will be producing the iPhone 5s on the same production line as the iPhone 5.
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