I picked up my new passport today. I can confirm that there an an RFID chip embedded in the photo page, right behind the signature. This page is about half a milimeter in thickness, and it's made of plastic. The passport incorporates several other nifty security features, including a version of my photo that's made up of a grid of hundreds of tiny perforations that go all the way through the page. The top of this photo is in the part of the page where the word TEXAS appears. The image is visible only by holding the page up so that light shines through from behind. These holes are almost impossible to make out in this image, and I'm guessing they're very difficult to duplicate.
Posted by Michael A. Lowry at 14:06