iPhone 5S to Include Both Fingerprint Sensor and NFC?

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    China Times reports [Google translation, via Mac Otakara] that Taiwanese chip firm Chipbond has been selected to provide a number of components for the iPhone 5S, including the touch display driver as well as chips to support fingerprint sensor and near field communications (NFC) capabilities. The report suggests that Apple will use the fingerprint sensor functionality to enhance the security of NFC features such as mobile payments.

    Rumors of fingerprint sensor technology for the iPhone have ramped up since Apple's acquisition of mobile security firm AuthenTec last year. AuthenTec has been rumored to be cutting off its fingerprint sensor customers this year, presumably to focus on supporting Apple's own efforts in the area. Reliable KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has also stated that a fingerprint sensor will be one of the differentiating features for the iPhone 5S.

    NFC has been a long-standing rumor for the iPhone, and evidence supporting its inclusion for the iPhone 5 failed to pan out amid claims that the device's design wouldn't even accommodate an NFC antenna. Some have suggested, however, that Apple could have novel plans up its sleeve for deploying NFC within the mostly metal case of the iPhone 5 that will presumably carry over to the iPhone 5S. Still, specific claims of NFC for the iPhone 5S have been essentially non-existent until now.

    Last July, it was reported that Apple was deliberately moving slowly into the mobile payments field that could tie in closely to NFC technology. For the time being, Apple is focusing on its Passbook app to offer a digital wallet of passes, coupons, and loyalty cards, although it is easy to see how its functionality could be expanded to include mobile payments and NFC.

    Foxconn is reportedly ready to begin ramping up iPhone 5S production, using the same production lines currently used for the iPhone 5.

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  2. macrumors 68040


    Sep 24, 2010
  3. macrumors regular


    Jun 6, 2007
    Louisiana, United States
    Skeptical, but as a developer some kind of fingerprint API would be awesome... perhaps the user's fingerprint is stored locally and developers could match against it on the device without the fingerprint itself ever going to third parties.
  4. Guest

    Dec 7, 2010
    Doubt it.

    I thought the iPhone 5 design doesn't support NFC.
  5. macrumors 6502

    Jun 29, 2010
    But what about screen size? That is real innovation. :rolleyes:
  6. macrumors 603


    Aug 23, 2012
    McKinney, TX
    I hope the iWatch is the NFC-enabled device....with biometric sensors....

    Easier to flash your wrist than pull out your phone.
  7. macrumors 6502a

    Mr Fusion

    May 7, 2007
    Never quite understood the purpose of NFC. Pulling my wallet out of my pocket and taking a card out isn't an arduous task I'm longing to rid myself of.

    The fingerprint sensor's a nice idea (if it can replace typing in lock screen passwords it'd be fantastic) but Apple's never done this before, not even in their laptops.
  8. macrumors newbie

    Jan 23, 2013
    NFC Who Cares

    NFC is so old and hardly used any where. I'm an apple fan, but they seem to be the last one to show up with technology that's been out for a long time. Give me a 4.5 or 4.8 screen and I'll be a happy camper. You can keep NFC and the stupid fingerprint reader. GEEZ!!!!!
  9. macrumors regular


    Sep 15, 2005
    Orlando, FL
  10. macrumors 68000


    Jul 9, 2010
    here and there
    here we go again ....

    is maybe this time the S for Security (3GS was Speed and 4S was Siri) ?
  11. macrumors regular

    Apr 3, 2012
    It would be nice if the title for this report was written as "iPhone 5S makes iOS fun again".
  12. macrumors regular

    Feb 15, 2010
    Sweet now I can stick my phone up against all the vending machines with NFC support.
  13. macrumors 68020


    Sep 22, 2009
    Genius. Your watch is your wallet!
  14. macrumors 6502


    Mar 12, 2009
  15. macrumors 68020


    Dec 9, 2008
    Ouch, that sounds—oh, nevermind.
  16. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 26, 2007
    in the United States Walt Disney is the only company deploying NFC. We have no where to use it other than their theme parks. So if we got it what would we use it for?
  17. macrumors 65816


    Sep 20, 2002
    Every time that I have tried to use NFC, it doesn't work & I end up having to swipe the card anyways...
  18. macrumors 6502a


    Mar 1, 2011
    NFC is just prone to a bad user experience. It's also a security risk. It's got no killer application accept Point of Sale and has no real adoption.
  19. macrumors member

    May 29, 2012

    Honestly I dont get what more do people want hardware wise.. The I5 is already a very very good phone. Much more capable than most androids out there. The deal breaker here will be the software. That's the only thing lagging behind.
  20. macrumors G4


    Mar 24, 2006
    Apple, i don't care if you re-release the iPhone 5 in its exact current state since its still one of the best smartphones money can buy even in 2013.

    Just for the love of all things sacred do something about iOS. It needs a very significant update.
  21. macrumors 65816


    Sep 15, 2009
    Hermitage, TN
    Pack it up Apple. iPhone 5 is all we need for eternity.
  22. macrumors regular

    Jul 8, 2008
    Honestly I'm not sure why everyone is so skeptical of this! I agree that the NFC rumor is an old one, but I TOTALLY buy the argument that Apple didn't want to implement it prematurely due to security concerns.

    A screen-integrated fingerprint to activate NFC (and whatever else App developers can think of) could be a minor game-changer I think. Something that truly no other phone has done - not just something that Apple does better.
  23. macrumors 6502


    Nov 15, 2010
    This. Hope ive has something up his sleeves
  24. macrumors regular

    Nov 6, 2012
    Boston, MA
    If Apple could fix the entire retail checkout procedure with NFC, that would be awesome. Digital coupons/payment/receipt would be a game changer
  25. macrumors 65816

    Mar 31, 2009
    ummmmm, not going to happen this rumor has been flying around since the older generations of iPhone, most likely the feature will be added to iPhone 6.

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