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 ... while laughing all the way to the bank.  
Exactly.  If Apple does use NFC, it won't be just another garden-variety implementation.  Not secure enough. And yes, if you have the expertise, a day or two of free time, and access to your victim's iPhone 5S, you can build up a 3D model of someone's fingerprint and eventually unlock that 5S.  But it's far easier and faster to point a gun at the victim and say "Unlock your iPhone." ​But, as you say, the real benefit of Touch ID is improving security for the great middle...
 Yes, it's possible that people could use 0000 or other easily-remembered passcodes out of ignorance and/or laziness.But for some reason the iPhone 5S requires you to tap in your passcode on reboots.  Not sure why.You'd think that the hardware could compare your thumbprint hash against that in the Secure Enclave as usual.
 Any touchless payment system could be considered a killer feature if it were only available on iPhone "6" and later.Touch ID was a killer feature for the 5S last year.  Always has been painful tapping in those bizarre passwords I use. And it certainly seems like I need to type them more frequently lately. But Touch ID's real benefit is improved security, even for those who never used a passcode before.Likewise, a touchless mobile payment system in the "6" could be a...
This will be great for shooting surfing videos. And other sports. And not a whole lot more. Because the best cat videos consist of close-ups.
Oops.  Forgot to say "mobile computing" somewhere in there.  (And absolutely, mobile computing will devolve into "disposable electronics".)There will always be a place for big-screen 8K pixel-perfection: the living room.Or maybe by the time 8K TVs become affordable, we'll have room-filling holographic 3D displays.Again, like in the movie "Her."
All excellent points.  I think, to split hairs, we can divide the PC era into sub-eras: pre-internet and internet.Pre-internet ('80s to early '90s) there was DOS, there were floppy discs, and there were Ethernet LANs.PCs were for desktop publishing, grinding out spreadsheets, etc. and then sending it all to your boss on the LAN.Internet access allowed PCs to be used for searching the web, doing online research, and communicating globally.PCs went from being local LAN...
Not to worry.  The post-PC era has barely even begun. The Wintel PC era started in the '90s. The DOS PC era started in the '80s. The general "personal computing" era started in the '60s. Plenty of time for iPad to take over in the post-PC era.
 Exactly.  Apple wouldn't necessarily need to handle the transactions themselves through iTunes.  And if the Visa system is open, any device manufacturer (Apple, Samsung, LG, whoever) could use it.  NFC, Bluetooth, whatever.  Pick the best solution.  So what's in it for Apple?  How does an open system and a non-exclusive deal with Visa do anything at all for Apple? Apple already has a vastly superior security system.  iPhone 5S and iOS 7 are already there and they are very...
And not a moment too soon. Pretty much all of the pieces are in place for an Apple disruption of mobile purchase (and retail in general). Touch ID authentication and Touch ID API in iOS 8, Secure Enclave on-device encrypted storage, hundreds of millions of iTunes accounts with credit card numbers, Passbook for virtual vendor loyalty cards, iBeacon for in-store navigation and notifications, and EasyPay for zero-wait purchase and checkout (as used in 428 Apple Stores...
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