iPhone 5S to include NFC and fingerprint security?


Reports from Taiwan suggest that local firm Chipbond has won a major contract from Apple to build components for a forthcoming iPhone 5S.

“iPhone 5S will also feature NFC (near field communication) fingerprint recognition technology, with Chipbond as the main supplier of fingerprint identification chip,” says national news agency Focus Taiwan.

Apple agreed to buy fingerprint and secure solutions specialist Authentec, which had developed an innovative NFC/fingerprint security solution, in July 2012 for US$356m. In November 2012, Authentec disposed of most of the parts of the company that do not relate to this technology, leading to renewed speculation that Apple would include NFC and biometric security in future iPhones and other devices.

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