After years of overlooking the promise of NFC, Apple may finally be prepared to take the plunge-and one of its key apps may feature mobile payments. Sources familiar along with Apple’s new payment plan spoke with Wired saying that the include will be included in the new iPhone 6 when it is disclosed on September 9th. This corroborates a report yesterday by Business Insider, which unearthed a Cupertino patent that details the backend design of what could be Apple’s forthcoming e-wallet goals.
It has only been wise thinking about how pretty much all its consumers are financially entangled with its iTunes Store already. Obviously, there is also Apple’s push into brick-and-mortar stores with iBeacon, low-power Bluetooth transmitters which provide a digital-powered shopping know-how. It is risk-free to assume that if Apple’s mobile payment ideas to come baked into the iPhone 6, iBeacon will also play its part. The safe bet would be to accept these speculations along with a bit of caution. When the 5s and 5c debuted around this time last year, it’s lauded (and justly so) for several changes over its predecessor, but its curmudgeonly approach to ignoring NFC wasn’t one of them. This go around, the evidence is more pervasive, both in analyst forecasts, report leaks, and logic board breakdowns.
NFC could also have other effects for the forthcoming iPhone 6 as an easy way to pair companion products, like the rumored forthcoming iWatch or Bluetooth speakers, or to develop simple NFC tags.