If you’ve even had a passing interest in the build up to any iPhone release over the last few years, then you’ll already be well aware that the will they, won’t they discussion about Apple bringing NFC to the platform is old news. In fact, at this point, it’s safe to say that many people have just decided that NFC will come when it comes and that debating its inclusion is just pointless.
Having said that, and with the iPhone 6 now just a few short weeks from being announced, new leaks appear to be suggesting that the next iPhone will indeed feature that NFC chip that so many people have been gagging for.
Chinese repair firm GeekBar has recently shared another schematic – apart from the one which revealed iPhone 6’s RAM – which reveals an iPhone 6’s wiring points. While less than interesting in and of itself, it’s the inclusion of what appears to be space for an chip that has everyone’s attention because of the way it’s labeled.
With the text of ‘PN65V’ being on this schematic, GeekBar has come to the conclusion that NXP’s PN65V NFC chip will indeed be making an appearance in the iPhone 6 and, based on that schematic alone, we can see where they’re coming from. Unfortunately we can’t confirm the authenticity of that wiring schematic so, for now at least, this is still just a rumor.
It is however a rumor that goes well with a previous leak about the iPhone 6’s battery, where Taiwanese source Apple Daily made reference to the same NFC chip from NXP, though it didn’t go into detail about the part, instead preferring to focus on the larger battery component. While still not confirmation that NFC is going to be part of the new iPhone, it does nudge the rumor forward slightly.
If Apple does include NFC in the iPhone 6 then it would potentially open the company to the mobile payments business that everyone has claimed that it’s gearing up for. NFC is used in Android phones in order to facilitate mobile payments, and given all the credit cards that Apple has on file thanks to iTunes and the App Store, it’s ready-made for such a venture.
But we’re still in rumor-land for now.
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