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Rumored NFC Chip for iPhone 6 Highlighted in Claimed Schematic

Rumors of near field communications (NFC) support for the iPhone surface nearly every year, and this year's iPhone 6 rumors are no different, with reports split on whether the device will include the short-range communications technology frequently used for mobile payments. A couple of new reports do, however, come down on the side of NFC being included in the iPhone 6.

The first mention came in a separate leak showing a purported battery from Apple's 5.5-inch iPhone 6 late last week. That report from Taiwanese newspaper Apple Daily also mentioned in passing that the iPhone 6 will include a PN65V NFC chip from NXP, but offered no specific evidence in support of the claim.

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NXP PN65 NFC chip from Nexus 7 (Source: iFixit)

But now Chinese repair firm GeekBar has shared what is said to be a wiring schematic for just such a chip to be included on the iPhone 6. NXP has been the rumored partner for NFC in the iPhone 6, and the company's PN65 NFC package is used in a number of Android mobile devices.

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Claimed iPhone 6 schematic for NXP PN65V NFC chip

While GeekBar's interpretation of such schematics is questionable given a leak earlier today in which it claimed the iPhone 6 will contain only 1 GB of RAM as the schematic appears to be addressing NAND flash rather than DRAM, the appearance of a PN65V chip on the schematics seems straightforward if they are indeed legitimate.

Apple has been rumored for some time to be working on a mobile payments system, with a launch coming perhaps as soon as this year in partnership with Visa. Details on the system are unclear, but Apple has reportedly been taking a "go-slow" approach for a number of years as it has tried to figure out the best way to deploy such a system without simply competing with existing providers "all fighting over their piece of the pie."

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14 weeks ago
not another wiring schematic ... this had people up in arms over "1 GB of RAM" :roll eyes:

I really see no need for NFC, with everyone that has android and the ability to use it, i have never seen 1 person use it in real life ... ever.
Rating: 18 Votes
14 weeks ago

Doubt it. Most retailers don't even have modes for accepting NFC payments. It'd be cool if they included NFC, but most people won't care (prediction).


NFC is required to be in PoS machines by October 2015 as decreed by EMV (EuroPay, MasterCard, Visa), or the retailer is liable for fraud. So, it's most definitely coming.

Link: http://blog.unibulmerchantservices.com/emv-nfc-mobile-wallets-and-credit-card-fraud-liability/
Rating: 10 Votes
14 weeks ago
NFC is right. Noone ********** Cares. ;)

D.
Rating: 6 Votes
14 weeks ago
Hmmm...will believe it when I see it.
Rating: 6 Votes
14 weeks ago
In 6 hours do we get another schematic update with contactless wireless charging?
Rating: 6 Votes
14 weeks ago

Useless.


Which is why it's in almost every electronic device now to easily pair. Which is why Visa/MC is implementing it within all pos systems. Right. Useless.
Rating: 5 Votes
14 weeks ago

NFC is right. Noone ********** Cares. ;)

D.


Apple has this talent to make existing ideas "happen" for lack of a better term.

mp3 players existed long before the iPod but it took Apple's influence to change the music industry and how we consume music.

Tablets existed long before the iPad but it took Apple's influence to make it a household item.

You are correct in stating that no one cares about NFC but if Apple does indeed include it in the iPhone 6 you can bet there is something industry changing behind it.
Rating: 5 Votes
14 weeks ago
Useless.
Rating: 4 Votes
14 weeks ago



Apple has this talent to make existing ideas "happen" for lack of a better term.

mp3 players existed long before the iPod but it took Apple's influence to change the music industry and how we consume music.

Tablets existed long before the iPad but it took Apple's influence to make it a household item.

You are correct in stating that no one cares about NFC but if Apple does indeed include it in the iPhone 6 you can bet there is something industry changing behind it.


Exactly.

Old MP3 players were either flash players with a tiny amount of storage space... or they were big heavy devices with 2.5" laptop hard drives.

Enter Apple... who decided to use a 1.8" hard drive in the first iPod... for huge capacity and a small physical size.

And this is exactly what Apple is good at. Apple has a knack for turning off-the-shelf parts into a spectacular device.

Toshiba had created a 1.8" hard drive... but they didn't even know what to do with it.

Apple did.

But the iPod wasn't just about the hardware... it was also the iTunes Music Store that had something to do with the iPod's popularity and the evolution of the music industry. Apple could sell you the hardware and sell you music too.

Most companies couldn't do that.

We might see the same sort of thing happen in the mobile payments industry. Lots of companies have phones with NFC chips... but very few have their own payment infrastructure.

Apple does.

Who knows... Apple could launch "ApplePay" and have a complete solution for buying things with your phone. Apple has what... 800 million credit cards on file already? It's certainly within the realm of possibility.

Once again... that's what Apple is good at... taking an off-the-shelf technology (NFC chips) and integrating it with their own technology (iTunes payments)

Very few companies can provide such a complete solution.
Rating: 4 Votes
14 weeks ago

not another wiring schematic ... this had people up in arms over "1 GB of RAM" :roll eyes:

I really see no need for NFC, with everyone that has android and the ability to use it, i have never seen 1 person use it in real life ... ever.


Apple as a company has so much influence on the entire tech industry that they could technically introduce a mobile payment system that uses NFC for communication and TouchID for security and you would see new POS stations pop up that accept this type of payment method.

Other smartphones may have had the feature for a few years now but not the influence.

Look at how Apple changed the music industry with the iPod.
Rating: 4 Votes

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