It’s been months since it’s being speculated that the upcoming iPhone will surly hold a Near Field Communication (NFC) chip on board. A recently leaked photo of the alleged iPhone 6 logic board also support previous NFC related rumors. If the rumors turns out to be true, iPhone 6 will be the first iPhone to feature Near Field Communication technology.
A Macrumors forum poster claims to have examined the logic board that ships with the iPhone 6, and has found out that the leaked NFC chip fit perfectly on the alleged iPhone 6 board. The photo shows the location on the logic board where an NFC chip may go. He claims that the measurements are 5mm x 5mm with 32 connectivity terminals and that the previously leaked NXP PN65 NFC package sits perfectly on the unfilled square module that cannot be found on the current-gen iPhone 5s logic board. This new area on this alleged iPhone 6 board indicated that a new chip is indeed coming in the iPhone 6.
It’s still unclear what technology, other than the NFC, Apple could introduce in this unfilled square area. The logic board leaked for the iPhone 6 is pretty much filled will all the chips from previous iPhone generations. Given the perfect fitting dimensions of the leaks, the spot is most likely for the NFC chip.
NFC’s most come use is for commerce, where an NFC enabled device can be used for contact-less payment systems just like a credit card. It wants to get rid of plastic cards, and with Apple rumored to introduce its own payment service, NFC in iPhone 6 makes sense.
Android devices have offered the NFC feature for several years now, and it’s about time for Apple to jump the NFC bandwagon. Apple is widely expected to announce iPhone 6 in 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch display sizes – at a media event on September 9. Other Rumored iPhone 6 specs include an A8 processor, improved camera, and thinner body housing a larger battery. Several reports has also claimed NFC on the features list.