There’s so much to focus on with the new iPhone 6 – the display size, the price, the presence, or lack thereof, of a sapphire crystal display – that the rumour mill almost forgot to give NFC (Near Field Communication) its fair share of the spotlight.
With just a week to go now, we’re going into iPhone 6 NFC overdrive, and sensing that big changes might be afoot – if Apple, Visa, MasterCard and American Express get their way.
To date, retailers - in the west, at least - have been slow to get onboard with NFC, but regardless of how you feel about Apple, the Californians could give the technology a seriously massive boost, much like tablets and the iPad, all-touch phones and the iPhone, wearables and the iWatch (probably).
According to an anonymous source of Bloomberg (who wishes to remain anonymous on account of blah blah blah; the usual), Apple will launch its iPhone Wallet/Apple Wallet/iWallet (the name is seemingly still up in the air) service alongside the iPhone 6 on September 9.
It’s pointed out that much of the necessary infrastructure is already in place. For starters, if you own an iDevice, Apple already has your payment details on record (handy that), while the year-old Touch ID fingerprint scanner could be used for user authentication.
All that remains is for Apple to throw an NFC chip on the iPhone 6 (rumoured a few days ago) and for retailers to get suitably excited, and the west could be on the verge of an NFC revolution.