Your next iPhone may be able to unlock itself based on your touch and hold a charge without requiring a cable. These are just two intriguing possibilities that could turn up in Apple’s iPhone 5 successor, which is rumored to go public as soon as September.
Apple’s next iPhone could bring a wealth of internal changes and improvements. Of course, the company hasn’t uttered a word about its next iPhone, but analyst commentary and alleged leaks have painted a compelling picture of what to expect. Here’s our roundup of the top 12 iPhone 5s rumors.
NFC and fingerprint sensor support
China Times reports that Taiwanese chip firm Chipbond has been asked to provide components for Apple's upcoming smartphone, including chips that will support NFC and fingerprint sensor. If it's true, it's about time, since all Android devices and every new BlackBerry and Windows Phone now have NFC.However, if Apple really embraces NFC, we'd have to wonder how it will affect Passbook, the companies current solution for mobile payments.
Mobile security firm AuthenTec was acquired by Apple last year, and rumors say that the firm is cutting off its fingerprint sensor customers this year, making Apple its only customer. KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who's a respected voice in Apple speculation, said he also thinks a fingerprint sensor will be present in the iPhone 5S.