Report: iPhone 6 Will Have NFC Mobile Payment Capability
Is it finally time for NFC mobile payments to explode? Maybe if you trust the latest report from Wired, which claims the next version of the iPhone will come with a mobile payment platform based on near field communication.
The report is scarce on the details, besides claiming the payment platform will be one of the new iPhone’s most important features.
Is it possible? Definitely — rumors about Apple building a mobile payment platform have been around seemingly forever. And Apple already has 800 million iTunes accounts on file, most with registered credit cards, and it offers features like Passbook, which allows users to store coupons and event tickets on their phone.
Plus, the company registered several mobile payment patents over the years.
Be that as it may, Apple has so far avoided building NFC functionality into its iDevices. The company also relied on Bluetooth LE for its iBeacon technology, which lets customers access info and various services through their phones in physical stores.
Regardless of the technology Apple ends up using, if the report is right, the company’s mobile payment platform will make a big splash come Sept. 9, when Apple will likely introduce the new iPhone(s).
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