AS the release date of September 9 fast approaches, speculation and rumours are running riotregarding the new iPhone 6. So what is the latest whisperhovering around the globe concerning Apple’s latest innovation?
Well, it has been claimed that Apple have struck up a deal with the major credit card companies to turn the next iPhone into a mobile wallet. Several respected Apple sources state that a near-field communication chip (NFC) will be included in the phone for the first time.
A near field communication chip is a set of standards for smartphones and similar devices that establishes radio communication with each other by holding them together or bringing them into proximity, usually no more than a few centimetres. The technology is simple. It’s a short-range, low power wireless link evolved from radio-frequency identification (RFID) that can transfer small amounts of data between two devices held a few centimetres from each other.
Unlike Bluetooth, no pairing code is needed. By tapping your phone on a contactless payment terminal in a shop, train station or coffee shop, it will be able to identify your account and take payment through an app on your phone-similar to a contactless payment card.