It looks like Apple is really interested in doing something involving biosecurity in the future. A few months ago Apple acquired fingerprint sensor maker AuthenTec, and now they just signed a deal with an Australian company that specializes in fingerprint and biometric security that is processed via NFC.
According to The Australian, Apple has just signed a deal with Microlatch which will allow Apple to develop fingerprint technology for use in NFC applications. Microlatch owns patents that comply with banking standards that allow users to use their fingerprints or other biometric data and process them on their smartphone without a need for it to be transmitted or stored externally – like on a banks computer.
The financials of the deal has not been disclosed. After Apple left NFC out of the iPhone 5 we expect Apple to either add it in the next iPhone, or come up with a different method of mobile payment and communication. Some analysts anticipated that Apple would implement AuthenTec’s technology in the iPhone 5, but it’s more likely that we won’t see it until the iPhone 5S or iPhone 6.