Near Field Communication, a feature that Apple has never included in the iPhone before, might finally find its way to the smartphone this year.
NFC has been a staple in Android phones for quite some time, but it has never made its way yet to the iPhone. That may very well change with the introduction of the iPhone 6.
NFC can be used for a variety of tasks such as beaming files between two devices though one of its popular uses is in the payments space. Many mobile payments solutions rely upon this technology as users simply have to swipe their device to make a payment. In fact this is believed to be a major reason why Apple is going with NFC this time around.
Sources tell BrightWire that NFC will make its debut in the iPhone 6 as Apple has struck a deal with China’s UnionPay. Due to this deal UnionPay’s payment services will be integrated into the Passbook application. This would allow users to make mobile payments at more than 3 million UnionPay “QuickPass” POS machines in China.
The report also claims that in addition to this both companies will also work on another mobile payment solution that will let users pay for purchases made in Apple Stores. Previous rumors also suggest that Apple wants to create a new payments service of its own. Touch ID, the fingerprint sensor which debuted with iPhone 5S, is already used to authorized payments in the App Store. The company can leverage that technology as well for a new service apart from NFC.
Nevertheless this is just an unverified report at this point in time. Apple itself has confirmed any of this and is unlikely to do so before it has an announcement to make. The iPhone 6 is expected to be unveiled this September so we’ll probably have to wait until then to know for sure.