The iPhone 3GS’ major increase from the iPhone 3G was speed. The iPhone 4S’ major upgrade from the iPhone 4 was for Siri. Latest rumors are suggesting that perhaps the S in the next installment of the iPhone may stand for security, as speculation is suggesting that the iPhone 5S may feature a fingerprint scanner and near field communication technology.
Reports are suggesting that Chipbond will begin producing and providing a number of pieces of hardware for the upcoming iPhone 5S, including a NFC (near field communication) antenna and a fingerprint scanner. The fingerprint scanner would be used to provide additional security for NFC transactions, which in the future, could end up replacing debit or credit cards.
In the mean time, Apple’s Passbook app on iOS 6 works for things such as tickets, but perhaps in the iPhone 5S, NFC and Passbook could be integrated together which would sure be a step towards the technological future for Apple.