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Will NFC make an appearance in the iPhone 6?

NFC-iPhone-6NFC (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.

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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.

Will the iPhone 5s Support NFC and Fingerprint Scanning?

A Japanese website today has announced today that a Taiwanese firm (Chipbond) will be producing a number of components for the iPhone 5s, including the touch display driver as well as chips to support a fingerprint sensor and NFC features. The current rumour is relating to using the Fingerprint scanner to enhance security when using NFC for payments.

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Various different rumours have surfaced since apple acquired the security firm AuthenTec some time last year, who themselves have been heard to have started cutting off their own customers in order to focus their efforts on a “New Technology” which will presumably be integrated into the latest iPhone 5s. Various iPhone analysts have also been quoted around the Internet as saying that a fingerprint sensor on the next iPhone will really place the handset into a league of its own.

Including NFC has been a long-standing rumour for the iPhone, and its inclusion for the iPhone 5 failed to materialise however Apple could have novel plans up its sleeve for deploying NFC within the mostly aluminium case of the iPhone 5 that will undoubtedly encase the iPhone 5s, by means of a patent recently published which would utilise the circuitry of the touch screen to function as a RFID antenna, meaning no additional antenna hardware would be required.

[ad 1]It has been noted that apple are moving slowly in the mobile payments area of the market and this could be down to working hard to integrate NFC into the mix, meaning that apple can provide a complete payment solution of its own, which would hopefully, finally mean that the Apple Passbook can have a real use, as up until now in the UK the app has failed to really reach its potential.

Foxconn is also reported to be ramping up production and will be producing the iPhone 5s on the same production line as the iPhone 5.

iPhone 5 Rumour Round-up

The next iPhone is coming, and is expected to be announced on the 12th September and be available to buy in apple stores from around the 21st. The devices are usually available to pre-order before the release date and so we can expect to start ordering directly from apple at some point after the announcement, possibly as soon as the event finishes.

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The biggest change we are expecting from the current iPhone 4 is a 0.5″ longer screen taking the device’s screen from 3.5″ up to 4″ however not getting any wider, meaning the phone should feel similar to a current iPhone in your hand, the main advantage of this screen size is the ratio, meaning widescreen films will fill the screen and avoid the usual black bars at the top and bottom of the screen (when viewed sideways) The video below from MacRumors shows how this may work.

The phone itself will look similar to the current phones we have with the addition of a 2-tone back cover made from aluminium and glass, and will be slightly thinner than the current phone. The dock connector has also been replaced with a smaller one and so existing accessories will need an adapter or also require updating to accommodate the new connector.

Apple has dropped the numbering scheme from its new iPad and so we expect the new iPhone to just be called “The New iPhone” however the media invitation seems to hint at the number 5 as it is being cast as a shadow from the date.

The technology being used in the new iPhone is likely to be the new faster 4G LTE networks we are seeing becoming popular with android and windows handsets which will mean faster downloads (video, apps & music) alongside a new faster A6 processor, the actual details will obviously be announced at the event however these are pretty standard improvements that are to be expected from any new iPhone release.

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Finally the iPhone 3GS will most likely be discontinued with the release of a new device, pushing the iPhone 4 into the “Free on Contract” space, and moving the iPhone 4s into the middle position.

 

A Closer Look

Larger 4″ Screen

All the evidence so far is pointing towards a larger 4″ screen on the new device. There have been many leaked parts that confirm this size and also the new iOS6 software supports the resolution 1136×640, which is a widescreen resolution requiring a differently shaped screen.

Lots of parts have been leaked this time around and so we can confidently say that the new iPhone will have a different screen to current and previous devices, the only real question seems to be what happened to Apple’s usual watertight security!

 

New Dock Connector & Headphone Jack

For the first time in many years apple is changing its universal dock connector. The new design is long overdue and reduces the size of the connector from the chunky 30 pin dock plus we are used to down to a smaller more neat looking rounded connector. Apple have also moved the headphone connector down the bottom of the device next to the dock connector, this may also be a move to reduce the number of pins needed on the dock connector itself by moving all audio functions into the headphone jack rather than the docking cable itself.

 

Nano SIM

Following on with the “smaller is better” theme apple have once again reduced the size of the SIM card that the phone accepts, from the currently used “micro SIM” which was introduces by apple with the iPhone 4.

 

 

A6 / LTE Processor

Finally apple seems to be bringing LTE to its devices, a feature that has been sported by many android phones for a while now and the technology was present when the iPhone 4s was being designed, however not included as apple saw it as too unstable and using up too much power and so reducing he devices battery life.

The new Qualcomm MDM9615 Chipset is promised to introduce the much needed LTE speed with an improved battery life on IOS devices.

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Many rumors have been floating around the processor being used in the new iPhone and we have come to settle on a new A6 chip being used, the current iPhone 4s uses a dual core A5 processor, and we have read rumors that Apple might partner with TSMC on chip production using a 28-nanometer process, but it now appears that Apple will stick with Samsung and its 32-nanometer process, while moving to a quad-core processor. All of this should mean a faster CPU with reduced power consumption and so extended battery life.

 

NFC Near Field Communication

Sadly not, this has turned out to be a false alarm, with the particular component rumored to be an NC chip turning out to simply be the earpiece speaker. There may be some logic behind this move as an article at the Wall Street Journal talks about.

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