Yet more photos purporting to show the iPhone 5 have leaked online, fuelling fresh rumours that the handset will be equipped to double as a digital wallet.
The snaps, which come to us care of Taiwanese blog Apple Pro and were scrutinised for Western eyes by Apple Insider, reveal a hitherto unseen part. The appearance of the component and its positioning close to the phone’s camera suggests that it could be a Near Field Communication (NFC) chip.
Long rumoured to be on board the sixth-generation iPhone, NFC technology would allow iPhone 5 owners to pay for low-ticket items and check in at airports by swiping their handset’s over a reader.
Users of NFC-toting smartphones can also swap content and files by touching their handsets together.
A feature of Android phones since the arrival of the Gingerbread version of Google’s smartphone operating system, NFC has been until now been resolutely shunned by Apple. It’s thought that the Cupertino-based giant wanted to wait until a dominant standard had emerged.
The next iPhone is expected to land next month, with a feature set that also takes in a larger four-inch screen, a quad-core processor and an enhanced eight-megapixel camera.
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