A newly published patent application shows that Apple has been working on ways to combine the fingerprint verification technology it acquired in July 2012 with NFC — and may also be eyeing a variation of NFC that uses “body coupled communications”... More
Reports from Taiwan suggest that local firm Chipbond has won a major contract from Apple to build components for a forthcoming iPhone 5S... More
The sale suggests that Apple’s interest in acquiring Authentec lies with the company’s innovative combined fingerprint and NFC solution, which is not part of the division being acquired by Inside Secure, and will lead to renewed speculation that Apple will include NFC in future iPhones and other devices. More
There’s no mention of NFC in the list of hardware improvements announced for the new iPhone 5 today, and there was only a very brief mention of the Passbook mobile wallet feature which was announced in June... More
Examination of a proxy statement filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission by Authentec, linked to Apple’s recent bid to acquire the firm for US$356m, has led to renewed speculation that the next iPhone will include an NFC-enabled version of the Apple Passbook mobile wallet app announced in June... More
The company’s products include a fingerprint sensor for NFC mobile phones that ensures only the registered user of a device can gain access to their mobile wallet. More
A new fingerprint sensor from Authentec is now being designed into a number of new devices so that NFC phone users can add an extra layer of protection to their mobile wallets, the company says. More
French NFC and Zigbee specialist TazTag has integrated AuthenTec‘s TCS2 TouchChip sensor into its TazPad Android tablet... More
NXP, AuthenTec and DeviceFidelity have announced they are developing reference designs for Android NFC phones that will ensure a mobile payment can only be made after the user has proved their identity by swiping their finger across a biometric sensor built into the handset. More
News in brief from the NFC world and beyond: First Osaifu-Keitai smartphone • Antenna designer broadcasts Samsung success • St Petersburg metro test • NFC is key to BMW’s Connected Drive • NFC Forum’s new member • Gauthier moves to PayPal • Toro and Collis partner up • and more… More
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