iPhone 5S fingerprint sensor to feature integrated NFC tech?

xl_iPhone-5S-concept-624The patent application, filed last year in the United States and more recently in Europe, speaks of an “electronic device with shared near field communications and sensor structures.”

That could mean, as well as unlocking the device and authenticating purchases and replacing the traditional pass codes and passwords, the sensor may open a host of possibilities for iPhone 5S users who’d have NFC tech at their disposal for the first time.

A feature in most new Android phones in the last couple of years, an NFC chip would enable iPhone users to pair their devices up with headphones and speakers, send and receive data, unlock other devices and also make use of at NFC-enabled wireless payment terminals.

The patent filing reads: “When operated in a sensor mode, the sensor circuitry may use the conductive structure to gather a fingerprint or other sensor data. When operated in near field communications mode, the near field communications circuitry can use the conductive structure to transmit and receive capacitively coupled or inductively coupled near field communications signals.”

Apple has so far been hesitant to embrace NFC tech, instead pursuing its ‘Passbook’ mobile wallet technology, which allows users to keep store cards, airline tickets and coupons in a single app.

Apple’s refusal to embrace NFC has held back the progress of the connectivity tech over the last couple of years. However, if Apple were to belatedly jump on board, NFC could become a serious part of the conversation again.

Whether this exciting late development comes to fruition will only become clear at Apple’s iPhone launch event on Tuesday in California. The anticipation is growing. In the meantime check out our round up of the very latest iPhone 5S rumours and speculation.

Via:- t3.com

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