Despite all of the iPhone’s advantages, it still lacks the Near Field Communication (NFC) capabilities of many of its Android rivals. That could change soon, as a new report claims that Apple’s hotly anticipated iPhone 6 may launch with NFC technology.
According to Brightwire, Apple has made a deal with bank card company China UnionPay for a mobile payment service that would utilize the iPhone 6’s purported NFC features. This service would allow iPhone owners to make instant mobile payments at more than 3 million QuickPass point of sale machines in China.
This report is consistent with a patent application from January, in which Apple secured the right to use NFC tech for mobile payments. The patent specifically mentions a “secure link between the purchasing device and a point of sale device,” with the purchasing device likely being a phone.
Of course, an NFC-enabled iPhone would be able to do much more than make quick mobile payments. Select Android phones can transfer data from one another by physically “bumping” each other, and NFC on iPhone could mean sharing files on AirDrop without needing a Wi-Fi connection. There are also a host of speakers, keyboards, TVs and even printers that pack NFC capabilities, so the purported NFC iPhone 6 could control any of these supported devices with a quick tap.