An alleged complete logic board for the next-generation smartphone has appeared in the wild, with reports claiming it contains a Near Field Communications clip.
The pictures, courtesy of iPhone modifiers Feld & Polk, appear to show an NXP-made NFC chip sitting alongside the A8 processor and other iPhone 6 components.
The leak comes after a week of rumours regarding Apple’s adoption of mobile technology tech and the pending launch of an app that’ll allow users to use iPhone handsets to make mobile transactions at vendors.
On Friday the well-connected Apple blogger Jon Gruber of Daring Fireball sought to explain (in a roundabout way) how the technology will operate.
He wrote: “I’ve been working on a new joke — about NFC and a new secure enclave where you can store your credit cards, so you can pay for things at brick and mortar retail stores just by taking out your iPhone, but only if it’s one of the new iPhones – but no one seems to get my sense of humour”
“Follow-up joke: It would be cool, and would make a lot of sense, if the new wearable thing had the same magic payment apparatus.”
The launch of an NFC-enabled iPhone would finally see Apple embrace the technology it has eschewed for years. Android devices with NFC chips have become common place in recent years, but Apple’s refusal to jump on board has held back the proliferation of mobile payments somewhat.
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