Will NFC make an appearance in the iPhone 6?
NFC (Near Field Communication) is reportedly going to make its way into the latest device from Apple, the iPhone 6. This has been on the cards since the iPhone 5 redesign however has not yet made it into production.
Integrating NFC (Near Field Communication) into an iPhone would be somewhat of a u-turn for apple as back in 2012 Phil Schiller said that the technology was not the solution to any current problem and so this meant it would not be something apple was perusing.
Apple is likely to incorporate a Near Field Communication (NFC) payment function in the next generation iPhone and has reached an agreement with China UnionPay on a mobile payment service, according to a source close to the matter.
In addition to NFC payment, the two companies will also work together on another mobile payment solution that can be used for purchases in Apple Stores.
KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted last month that Apple would integrate NFC chips into the next-generation iPhone alongside a host of other features.
The news also comes as Apple is apparently pursuing plans to develop a mobile payment solution, which will be linked to the Touch ID fingerprint sensor currently found in the iPhone 5s and reportedly headed for the iPhone 6 and next-generation iPads. It is also possible that Apple combines its existing Touch ID fingerprint scanner and NFC technology into the home button, as the company for a patent detailing such a system last September.
Apple is expected to announce the iPhone 6 later on this year, possible around August or September if they follow previous trends.