More reports are coming in to seemingly confirm Apple’s iPhone 6 will feature an NFC mobile payments solution, this time coming from the Financial Times which reports Apple will use an NFC solution from Dutch chipmaker NXP:
Several people familiar with Apple’s plans say NXP will provide the secure near-field communications chips that will allow an iPhone to connect with payment terminals or ticketing systems, as well as opening up the possibility for other applications in the “internet of things”.
Yesterday Wired reported sources say the iPhone 6 will feature a payment platform powered by NFC, while Apple blogger John Gruber ‘joked’ the next iPhone to house a secure enclave to store credit card credentials to power an NFC payments solution.
Earlier this month an alleged leaked iPhone 6 schematic noted the existence of a NFC part, possibly NXP’s PN65 series or PN512 chip, which some have already guessed where it might end up on images of leaked logic boards. Venture Beat also previously reported this month NXP’s NFC chip would be used in the iPhone 6.
NXP already supplies chips for Apple’s devices, as the M7 co-processor found within the iPhone 5s is a component from the Dutch chipmaker, as revealed in an electron microscope teardown of last year’s iPhone.
Leading up to the announcement of the iPhone 5 in 2012, rumours suggested an NXP NFC chip was discovered within a leaked front display component, which failed to materialize.
As of now, all signs point to an NFC mobile payments solution to debut with the iPhone 6, utilizing the over 800 million iTunes accounts with credit cards held by Apple customers.
The question remains whether this Apple NFC payments solution will go mainstream, when so many others have failed. Make sure you mark September 9 on your calendar, as that’s going to be one heck of a day for Apple.