NFC-iPhone

It seems like we have a pretty good idea of what to expect, in terms of appearance, for the iPhone 6. Several reports have pointed to the handset having a larger display and a new iPad-like design, and most of the leaked cases and components we’ve seen thus far match up with that.

But when it comes to features and functionality of the new iPhone, things aren’t so clear. The latest of a number of scattershot reports comes from VentureBeat, which cites sources saying that the device will have built-in support for NFC tech, wireless charging capabilities, and more…

VentureBeat’s Mark Sullivan reports:

The iPhone 6, which will launch this fall, will contain several highly-anticipated features, including near field communication (NFC), wireless charging, a better 4G antenna, and a much bigger screen, a source close to the situation tells VentureBeat.

The new iPhone is nearing completion and is now being tested for things like durability, speed, and network performance. […]

Our source warns that while these features are part of the iPhone 6 design now, Apple has in the past removed major device features at the last minute before debut. The NFC radio in the new iPhone 6, for example, might be at risk of being zapped by Apple at the last minute if it decides the mobile payments ecosystem is still not ready.

Sullivan is correct when he says that Apple has in the past removed major features from the iPhone at the last minute. In 2012, it was reported that late-stage iPhone 5 prototypes had NFC (near field communication) chips, but they were pulled from the handset ahead of mass production.

That Apple is ready to pull the trigger on NFC is interesting—particularly when you look at ongoing speculation that it’s working on a mobile payment system. It’s also notable considering that just a few years ago, the company’s Phil Schiller questioned the need for the wireless technology.

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Schiller has also downplayed wireless charging systems in the past, saying that because they still have to be plugged into the wall, “it’s not clear how much convenience they add.” VentureBeat doesn’t say which system the iPhone 6 will use, but the tech has come a long way in recent years.

To round out his report, Sullivan reaffirms previous rumors that this year’s iPhone will feature a larger display and improved LTE. He doesn’t say when Apple plans on unveiling the handset, but the consensus is that it’ll make its debut at an event sometime in the fall—most likely September.

  • Sokrates

    Please: bring us wireless charging!

    • TJ

      What’s the point? You plug a charging pad into the wall instead of your phone, slower charging, I don’t see the benefits. When we get true wireless power then I’ll be interested.

      • ExcitedMuch

        True that!

      • FoneSoneDone

        At least those stupid charger won’t bloody get ripped every time I use it. Happens with every iPhone charger. All originals. I had to tape all over it from USB to Lightning area.

      • TJ

        I haven’t broken a cable since the original iPod back in 2001. So I’ve no idea what people do to their cables to break them so often.

      • Rowan09

        I think people only have one charger and move it from car to home. I still use my iPhone 5 charger and my iPhone 4S charger for my iPad.

      • jzack

        mine doesn’t too.. but my mom does.. i think it depends on the user itself too..

      • Qasim

        Exactly, i have cables both original and others bought when the iphone 4 came out, all are perfectly intact

      • jack

        Cheap china knockoff cables from Dealextreme… Happened to me

      • highNiggaPie

        Hahahahah WTF

      • Foellarbear

        Don’t buy cheap knock-off products from China. Your problem is solved.

      • Alberto Espinal

        Me too, i have never had a broken cable, i believe people pull them instead of just holding the head of the cable and unplug them!!

      • Rowan09

        Unless they can figure out something different than the current system, I really don’t care for wireless charging.

      • OhSixTJ

        Wireless charging? No thanks. What happens when I want to use my phone but it needs to be charged. No talking about a phone call that you can do with a Bluetooth headset, I’m talking about actually holding the phone in your hand and using it.

        And tripping on the cord? Really?

      • blu

        You would still have wired charging.

      • Domodo

        If you need to talk on the phone, you pick it up and use it. Then when you’re done, you place it back and let it continue charging. *mind blown* If you need an hour to finish and your battery is low, then you plug the thing in and talk all you want. *mind blown again* Because CONVENIENCE.

        Why are you so short sighted?

      • Alberto Espinal

        You right when you say its slow charging but its nice to just drop the phone on the wireless pad and go to sleep at night!!

      • Domodo

        Right. Because having the option of extra convenience would be too inconvenient for some. Common sense, why is it so hard to find on this blog?

        I plug the charging station into the wall and place the phone on it when i want it to charge, so I don’t have to fiddle around with crappy cables.

        Saying that wireless charges aren’t really wireless is the same as saying laptops aren’t portable because they have to be plugged in to charge now and then.

      • Jack Wong

        Exactly… I hate something in between.

    • OhSixTJ

      Wireless charging? No thanks. What happens when I want to use my phone but it needs to be charged. No talking about a phone call that you can do with a Bluetooth headset, I’m talking about actually holding the phone in your hand and using it.

      And tripping on the cord? Really?

      Double post!

      • Domodo

        If you need to talk on the phone, you pick it up and use it. Then when you’re done, you place it back and let it continue charging. *mind blown* If you need an hour to finish and your battery is low, then you plug the thing in and talk all you want. *mind blown again* Because CONVENIENCE.

        Why are you so short sighted?

      • rockdude094

        You make a great point actually, but i think apple is heading in the wireless charging direction. Features like “Hey siri” and emphasis on battery usage and other tweaks apple made do indicate wireless changing on the iPhone 6.

  • NFC has been predicted like 20 times, and it’s never happened…

    • jzack

      its a great implementation but seems to be very unpractical if the charging rate is very low..

      • arvindb02

        He’s talking about NFC not wireless charging

      • jzack

        lol.. sorry.. got mixed up.. 😛

    • Rowan09

      If NFC payments is now mature Apple will do it.

  • Benjamin J Schwartz

    Heard that before. Fool me once shame on you, Fool me twice…

    • Eni

      shame o you :p

  • 12345678

    Rumors had been always saying that next-gen iPhones will have NFC. Never happens.

  • mlee19841

    iPhone 12 rumored to have wireless charging……

  • Linton Findlay

    iphone 6, the 9th iphone