Apple will equip the iPhone 6, expected to be announced on Sept. 9, with a near field communications (NFC) chip to enable mobile payments, reports Wired, citing sources familiar with the device.
The company has filed a number of patents related to mobile payments. Wired cites a patent published in January that describes how dual wireless protocols, such as NFC and Bluetooth, could be used to complete a mobile transaction while sensitive data is stored in the device’s secure element.
In addition, AppleInsider said it uncovered an Apple patent application in which an NFC chip would be used to enable inductive, cordless charging on mobile devices. So it appears that NFC will be a key component of the new iPhone 6, which is expected to come in a 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch size.