VentureBeat: iPhone 6 Said to Feature NFC, Wireless Charging, New 4G Antenna


The latest iPhone 6 rumours claim the device will contain NFC, wireless charging, an improved 4G antenna and of course a larger screen, reports VentureBeat (via Macotakara):

The iPhone 6, which will launch next fall, will contain several highly-anticipated features, including near field communication (NFC), wireless charging, a better 4G antenna, & a much bigger screen, a source close to the situation tells VentureBeat.

The new iPhone, which is expected next fall, is nearing completion and is now being tested for things like durability, speed, and network performance.

According to sources, Apple was apparently ready to implement an NFC radio in the previous iPhone for mobile payments but ditched the feature last minute as the payments market was deemed not ready. A recent report cited Apple was again having discussions with major retailers on implementing an iPhone payments system.

As for the new faster 4G antenna, sources claim a new Category 6 LTE radio capable of 300Mbps throughput will emerge in the iPhone 6, double the capabilities of the Category 4 LTE radio in the iPhone 5/5S.

For wireless charging, Apple is said to be ready to commit to one of the standards Alliance for Wireless Power (A4WP) and the Power Matters Alliance (PMA). VentureBeat’s source describes it as a “surface under the shell which connects to an inductive charging surface for energy transfer.”

The new larger screen will take up a larger surface area of the front of the phone and be closer to the edge of the device say sources. If the next display included a pixel-tripling mode it could possibly increase the existing 1,136 x 640 resolution on the iPhone 5/5S by 150 per cent to 1,704 x 960, while keeping the same 16:9 widescreen ratio found on Apple’s existing iPhone 5, 5s and 5c. These details echo a similar report published earlier by 9to5Mac.

A 4.7-inch screen could possibly have a ppi of 416, while a larger 5.5-inch screen could be capable of 356 ppi. The next phone would also “likely” get a new scratch-resistant covering, which we presume would be sapphire glass.

VentureBeat’s sources say while these features are apparently in place, anything can change from now until the device’s launch this fall. Apple’s rumoured 4.7-inch iPhone and another larger 5.5-inch model are said to be coming later this year.

Last month speaking at Code Conference, Apple executive Eddy Cue teased the audience by saying the company’s upcoming product lineup is the best he’s seen in his 25 years at the company.


  • einsteinbqat

    Rumours. Rumours. Rumours.

  • Mark Roberts

    Wow. The more I read about iOS 8 and the iPhone 6, the more it sounds like Apple is just building a new Android device.

  • Tuan Bui

    It’s good that Apple is adopting NFC, Apple can be the the HUGE push that NFC needs. It does sound like an Android device, but good for Apple. They recognize what consumers want and willing to adapt. I’m wondering if this would all be possible if Steve Jobs was alive. I know how much he wanted to control the apple eco-system or “innovate” feature that already exist and make them appleish..

  • Guest

    NFC will not be on any Apple products. It never will.

  • WatDah

    Not happening.

  • WatDah

    Then you should keep reading beyond the iPhone and iOS. Even if it may not interest you, what Apple is doing with their customer services, cloud services, developer support, developer tools, new coding language, security management, home automation, health applications, and how they seamlessly apply them to their entire line of products to make them all working together in harmony, is much, much more than just making a device to sell.

  • Mark Roberts


  • WatDah

    All I ever owned from Apple is an iPhone, and more recently iPad mini retina. Always been using Windows my whole life, and don’t even know if I can use a Mac. But even I can look pass some things. All it takes is a little less prejudice.

  • Tim

    I hope those tape strips or whatever they are don’t make it the final version. They are very very ugly.

  • voodoo_ca

    Too many features to add all at once – They will always hold some ideas back so they can add them to the S models next year.
    Its always interesting to see what happens vs what people say is going to happen.