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NFC Hardware Coming In The iPhone 5 [Images]

NFC Hardware Coming In The iPhone 5 [Images]

Today we have seen more pictures leaked of the next generation iPhone 5 which show an extra chip which we have not seen before in any other leaked pictures of the iPhone 5.

The unseen before chip is reported to be an NFC ( Near Field Communication ) chip which opens a whole exciting bunch of opportunities for the iPhone 5. Code relating to the use of NFC was found in hardware dumps earlier this year so it is looking more and more likely this will be one of the main new features within the next generation iPhone 5.

Further investigation into this hardware code dump leads us to believe that these iPhones also have Near Field Communication controllers directly connected to the Power Management Unit.

The implications are obviously monstrous. With the recently announced PassBook application(which we detailed prior to its announcement while speculating about an NFC tie-in), Apple will be set to compete with Google Wallet and Microsoft’s similar service that unveiled last week. Apple could tie in with a payment processor like Citibank’s PayPass system for credit card transactions—or it could become a payment processor of sorts with its hundreds of millions of credit cards already on file at iTunes.

NFC would also allow iPhone users a quick and easy way to share files from one iOS device to another.

It is also worth noting that Apple has a considerable amount of patents regarding NFC and these show the chip based in the same general area as in the pictures above. NFC being included in the iPhone 5 is expected to change peoples point of view and hopefully get a lot more retailers on board.

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