KGI Securities analyst Ming Chi Kuo said last week that Apple’s iPhone 5S will pack a fingerprint scanner under the home button for added security, and now a fresh rumor from China is backing up that claim.
China Times said Monday that Apple will deploy a fingerprint scanner with technology provided by AuthenTec, a company that provides modules, sensors and other security hardware associated with fingerprint scanning. The news outlet also said that Apple will add NFC support for mobile wallet capabilities.
Unfortunately, “mobile wallets” haven’t been too successful in the United States so far. Google Wallet relied on NFC, but Sprint was the only carrier to support it. Meanwhile, Verizon, T-Mobile and AT&T are working on a separate initiative called ISIS that is currently still in testing in just two U.S. markets. Still, NFC could be useful for sharing data between iOS devices, such as photos, videos and music, and it’s a technology that’s already widely used by Android and Windows Phone 8 smartphones.