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The iPhone 6 is getting NFC, "we really mean it this time"

The rumors of Apple’s iPhone family receiving NFC capabilities for mobile payments have been around for years. They first started popping up shortly after the launch of the iPhone 5 and haven’t let up since.
 
Now, Wired is reporting that NFC functionality is coming — for real this time — with the launch of the iPhone 6. The onboard NFC chip will form the basis of an Apple-branded payment system that will be announced at the September 9 keynote event, an event which has now been cofirmed.

 
Wired states Apple has the perfect platform for launching such a mobile payment service, as it already has nearly a billion credit cards on file courtesy of its iTunes service for music, apps, and video. When combined with Touch ID, an NFC chip, Bluetooth LE via iBeacons, and a hardware security chip, Apple’s solution could prove to be a potent competitor in the mobile payments arena.

4.7" iPhone 6 (L), iPhone 5s (C), and 5.5" iPhone 6 (R); location for NFC ship pictured in red. 

In a separate report, Mac Rumors has posted images of bare logic boards for both the 4.7” and 5.5” iPhone 6 which appear to show the location for the NFC chip.

Sources: Wired, Mac Rumors





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