Fingerprint Sensor to Enhance NFC iPhone 5S Security

It goes without saying that a new model of the iPhone will launch later this year. We might even be getting multiple models, but it looks like the so-called iPhone 5S will be boasting at least two brand spanking new features: NFC and a fingerprint sensor.

The inclusion of NFC makes a lot of sense–its absence in the iPhone 5 was actually quite noteworthy–as it’ll help move the mobile payment revolution forward. The fingerprint sensor, on the other hand, comes as a bit of a surprise. The idea, we hear, is that the fingerprint reader will enhance security for the iPhone, particularly when it comes to mobile payments. You load up the appropriate app and get ready to NFC tap, but you might have to first authenticate yourself with your fingerprint.

To be fair, the whole fingerprint reading thing isn’t exactly coming out of left field. Apple bought AuthenTec, a mobile security firm, last year. While it’s possible that they wanted them for inclusion on the MacBook series, doing it on the iPhone and iPad could make a lot of sense too. In any case, we’re still several months out before the rumored August launch of the next iPhone, so a lot can still change between now and then. I wonder if this will spur on HTC, Motorola, Samsung, Sony, and the rest of the smartphone world to start doing fingerprint readers too…

Via MacRumors

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