We’ve already speculated about Samsung Galaxy S IV specs this morning. Now it’s time for a look at 2013’s other big flagship.
I speak of course of the next iPhone, widely tipped to launch in August. The latest whispers tell us the iPhone 5S spec sheet will include both NFC (Near Field Communication) and fingerprint sensor security.
That’s the story according to The China Times, which believes Chipbond in Taiwan has both bases covered.
We’ve been jawing about iPhone NFC since the dawn of Mobot, some two-and-a-bit years ago, but it failed to materialise in either the iPhone 4S or iPhone 5.
One of the headline features in NFC is contactless payments, which ultimately allows you to pay for junk with a tap of your phone, and – in theory – means you can throw your wallet in the bin. Ahem.
NFC has taken off in various territories, perhaps most notably South Korea, but here in the UK we remain unconvinced about the technology.
One concern (complete and utter pointlessness aside) is security, and Apple seemingly hopes that the iPhone 5S’s fingerprint sensor security will allay those particular fears.
In keeping with Apple’s thrown-an-S-on-the-end tradition, other iPhone 5S specs are thought to include a faster A7 processor, and enhanced rear camera.
Are you sold on NFC? Is it an inevitable advance, or should we man the Union Jacks and send it packing?