On a conference call on Monday to discuss quarterly earnings, CEO Tim Cook said that the company was intrigued with the idea. He added that part of the thinking in implementing the iPhone 5S's Touch ID feature was its possible use in payments.
"It's a big opportunity on the platform," said Cook.
To be clear, Cook said there was nothing to announce, but definitely did not close the door to the feature. He specifically pointed to users enjoying the ability to purchase digital items like music and books using the Touch ID feature, instead of having to type in a password.
Speaking more generally about the Touch ID feature, Cook said it was one of the driving forces in iPhone 5S sales. "It was a major feature that excited people," he said.
As for the company's overall earnings, Apple reported record sales of iPhones and iPads, but also provided a weak outlook for the second quarter, which ends in March.