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New iPhone may not have NFC chip used by "mobile wallets"

AnandTech has posted today that it doesn't appear that the new iPhone expected next month will have an NFC chip. As you likely know, NFC stands for near field communication, and it's a technology for transmitting purchase information wirelessly. Some mobile phones have these chips, which let users touch a mobile-payment terminal with their phone as they leave a store to make payment. This is more common in other countries, but in the U.S. adoption has been slowed by the many competing systems. The most widely used may be PayPass, which is used by Google Wallet on Android phones. AnandTech says that the phone doesn't seem to be designed to accommodate an NFC chip and that, despite rumors to the contrary, the new phone may not have this feature. iMore suggests that Apple might simply accomplish the same thing without an NFC chip, such as via Bluetooth. 

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Jim Karpen holds a Ph.D. in literature and writing, and has a love of gizmos. His doctoral dissertation focused on the revolutionary consequences of digital technologies and anticipated some of the developments taking place in the industry today. Jim has been writing about the Internet and technology since 1994 and has been using Apple's visionary products for decades.