Apple is expected to make a push into mobile payments with the iPhone 6 this year by combining the Touch ID technology introduced with the iPhone 5s and the huge trove of iTunes credit card data it has been sitting on for years. It’s still unclear if the company’s plans include finally adopting Near Field Communications, the company has bashed the technology in the past, but a new report from MacRumors makes a strong argument that the iPhone 6 could in fact come with a built-in NFC chip for both its 4.7 and 5.5-inch models.
Comparing iPhone 6 logic boards that leaked last week with the iPhone 5s equivalent, it’s easy to see many of the same chips have been carried over from last year’s model to Apple’s upcoming smartphone. One small square on both the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 is nowhere to be seen on the older device though. This noticeable difference has created speculation that the new squares could be the NFC chips Apple has resisted including for a while now.
iPhone NFC rumors have been swirling around for years, but if Apple is serious about mobile payments the company may finally need to give in and adopt the technology. A slew of reports suggest this could be the year Cupertino finally embraces NFC, and some recently leaked schematics only serve to boost those rumors. We should know the truth in the very near future; Apple’s big iPhone 6 event expected to take place on September 9.