Apple may develop NFC and finger print concept into the iPhone 5S with a report indicating that the company will utilize the fingerprint sensor to boost the security of NFC features like payments.
China Times reports that a Taiwanese chipmaker known as Chipbond has been chosen by Apple to supply these parts for the iPhone 5S. The website says the latest technology will come from a current Apple acquisition, mobile security company AuthenTec. Speculation that Apple will utilize some sort of fingerprint technology have cropped up before, starting when Apple acquired AuthenTec in 2012.
Microsoft partnered along with AuthenTec long ago in 2003 to integrate software support for biometrics in the Windows desktop. They developed a reference driver that they said would be a sample for other fingerprint hardware suppliers to follow when developing their own software.