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New source: iPhone 6 will feature NFC, wireless charging, better 4G antenna, & a much bigger screen

Above: An iPhone 6 mockup based on leaked schematics

The iPhone 6, which will launch this fall, will contain several highly anticipated features, including near field communication (NFC), wireless charging, a better 4G antenna, and a much bigger screen, a source close to the situation tells VentureBeat.

The new iPhone is nearing completion and is now being tested for things like durability, speed, and network performance.

The phone will run the impressive new iOS 8 operating system that Apple announced at its developers conference earlier this week.

NFC, finally

Apple was ready to include an near field communication (NFC) radio in the last round of iPhones, but the company pulled the plug on the feature because the nascent mobile payments ecosystem was too stratified and immature.

Apple is now ready to pull the trigger on NFC. An NFC radio has been designed into the iPhone 6 and will enable mobile payments in the way that Android phones using Google Wallet already do.

We’re unclear if Apple has aligned itself with the ISIS wireless payments standard, which is backed by a consortium of credit card companies and banks. It is more likely that Apple will go with its own mobile payments standard, which will compete with both ISIS and Google Wallet.

This may confuse things in mobile payments further, because merchants will likely want to wait until one wireless payments standard becomes dominant so that they’ll have to switch out their point-of-sales systems only once.

Faster LTE radio

The current iPhone 5 series contains a Category 4 LTE radio, which is capable of connection speeds of up to 150 megabits per second (mbps). The new iPhone 6 will contain a much faster Category 6 LTE radio, which is capable of 300 mbps throughput speeds, our source says.

The new radio is not yet an LTE Advanced radio, but it is considered an interim step toward that new frontier in wireless.  LTE Advanced provides almost 3.3 gigabits per second peak download rates under ideal lab conditions.

Wireless charging

Ideally, we would be able to set our phone down on any charging surface we encounter to get a charge. But the device world is now split along the lines of competing standards. This has made device makers hesitate to commit to one standard or the other.

This situation improved a little bit earlier this year when two of the main standards, the Alliance for Wireless Power (A4WP) and the Power Matters Alliance (PMA), agreed to make sure that if a device works on one, it’ll work on the other, too.

Apple is apparently ready to commit to a standard. Which standard that is remains unknown, but the new iPhone 6 design includes a surface under the shell which connects to an inductive charging surface for energy transfer, our source revealed. These charging surfaces can live on a free standing pad, but are more often built into preexisting fixtures like countertops and dashboard trays.

Bigger screen

The iPhone 6 will also include a significantly larger screen that will take up relatively more area on the front of the phone, our source says. The hardware border around the screen will be smaller than on previous iPhones.

Apple was been under pressure to increase the size of its screens in response to consumers’ desire to watch more video on mobile devices. Competing Android phones will large screens have sold well, and Apple can no longer ignore that, our source says.

According to a new report from market research firm Canalys, slightly more than a third of all smartphones sold worldwide in first quarter had five-inch and larger screens. For smartphones with an unlocked price of US $500 or more, 5-inch+ screens represented nearly half of devices.

Some observers have predicted a new iPhone display with a pixel-tripling (3X) mode.

This would triple the “base resolution” of 568 x 320 (1,136 x 640 is twice this), resulting in a 1,704 x 960 resolution for the Apple iPhone 6. This would essentially increase the current resolution of 1,136 x 640 by 150 percent, and would keep the same 16:9 screen ratio found on the iPhone 5, 5s, and 5c.

On a possible 4.7-inch screen, the ppi would be 416; on a 5.5-inch, 356 ppi. The iPhone 5s and 5c have 4-inch screens; the 4s’ resolution is 3.5-inches.

The new screen will also likely get a new scratch-resistant covering.

Nothing’s final until launch

Our source warns that while these features are part of the iPhone 6 design now, Apple has in the past removed major device features at the last minute before debut. The NFC radio in the new iPhone 6, for example, might be at risk of being zapped by Apple at the last minute if it decides the mobile payments ecosystem is still not ready.

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75 comments
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Peter Mavy

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Philip Cohen
Philip Cohen

So, the iPhone 6 will feature NFC after all ...

Amazon / Apple / Braintree / Dwolla / Google / ISIS / Square / Stripe / Telcos / Whoever Payments—the reality 
 
“My theory, which I stick by today, is that AAPL’s end game is to develop a broad-reaching e-commerce engine that will compete not only with PayPal, but also [with] traditional credit card companies.  More recently, some of the pundits that cover AAPL have arrived at similar conclusions.”—Paul McWilliams, supposed “technology stock expert”. …
“Back in 2012, I wrote that Apple would eventually kill off Visa and MasterCard on thestreet.com.”—Forbes Contributor, Richard Saintvilus.
http://www.forbes.com/sites/schifrin/2014/06/04/are-mastercard-and-visa-in-apples-crosshairs/
 
“Apple, or any future competitor that has already built a base of trust, could begin tomorrow and charge half the commission of eBay, Visa, or MasterCard, … and the concept of real competition [for eBay’s “PreyPal”] in the space is farfetched for the next few years.”—John Ford, SeekingAlpha Contributor (either an eBay shill or, more likely simply, a fool) …
http://seekingalpha.com/article/2256903-ebay-quality-at-a-very-attractive-entry-point
 
What nonsense! Do any of these commentators have any understanding of how the retail banks’ payments system actually works, or how eBay’s clunky “PreyPal” actually works (or, too often for the merchant, does not work)?
 
The safe way: Payer’s Bank > Credit/Debit Card > Merchant’s Bank.
The other way: Payer’s Bank > “PreyPal” > Credit Card/ACH > Merchant’s Bank?
 
The professional payments networks, ie the "bankcards", Discover (~2%), MasterCard (~33%) and Visa (~52%), plus Amex (~12%), still process ~99% of the world's retail payments between them, and the "bankcards" already offer an "instant loan" model—for what otherwise is a "credit" card? And, Amex will have difficulty growing its market share any further because it has little chance of ever matching the vast merchant coverage of MasterCard/Visa until it matches the lower merchant discount fees charged by MasterCard/Visa …
 
So, notwithstanding the constant talk of “disruption”, it appears that nothing has yet “disrupted” the two major bankcards; and I have no doubt that absolutely nothing in Apple’s “mobile” plans (short of buying their own bank, which still will not automatically give them interactive access to payers’ funds in other banks) will disrupt the existing bankcards. The fact is, Apple does not now have interactive access to depositors’ funds in retail banking accounts, nor is Apple, or anyone else, ever likely to get that access, except via MasterCard/Visa; any other way is at the users’ peril, as the many negative stories all over the internet about “PreyPal” attest.
 
Like all the other pretenders, “Apple Payments” will always be riding on the back of the same retail banking networks that they currently do, via their own retail banker, as simply one more, albeit very large, "Credit Card Merchant Account" operator. And, any credit that Apple might offer to supply will still have to be provided via an agreement with a licensed and regulated credit provider (ie, a real bank), as is already the case with that clunky other "payments pretender", eBay's infamous "PreyPal" …
 
Even if these payments middlemen make use of direct debits via the ACH system (as “PreyPal” prefers to do to more cheaply access payers’ funds), such access is not interactive—there is no immediate acceptance of the debit by the bank nor any guarantee that, the following day, the bank won’t reverse the debit due to an insufficiency of funds. The simple fact is, direct debit via ACH is not a suitable mechanism for physical point-of-sale transaction payments where the goods involved are going to immediately walk out the door (nor was the relatively primitive bank-to-bank ACH system ever intended to be used as a mechanism for non-bank middlemen to access funds for any form of non-credit transactions); the only safe route for a merchant for such transactions (credit or debit) is via a retail bank Credit Card Merchant Account with its interactive linking to the retail banking system …
 
The choice of the payment vehicle, from those offered by the merchant, is driven by the payer who directly bears none of the cost of such choice. Sensible payers have their funds stored in a prudentially regulated financial institution; world-wide these institutions issue MasterCard/Visa credit/debit cards—and now the “digital wallet” extensions thereto—to enable depositors to easily access such funds on- and off-line. People should therefore stop kidding themselves; not Apple nor any of the other "payments pretenders" (including Bitcoin) are ever going to have a noticeable effect on the “bankcards”, MasterCard/Visa—with their new “digital wallet” extensions—other than to make MasterCard and Visa even better long-term investments ...
 
What then about Bitcoins? Obviously, I’m missing something, but why would any buyer choose to complicate any transaction by paying with Bitcoins, which are a volatile “foreign” currency requiring an FX conversion at both ends—even for a local transaction, and has no transaction dispute moderation process?
 
And what about eBay’s “PreyPal? Well, next time you visit The Home Depot, ask a cashier how "Pay Here With PayPal" is going—LOL ...
 
“… with the company [Apple] being privy to payment card details of hundreds of millions of iTunes users”
 
With the advent of the new, professional, “digital wallets” from both MasterCard and Visa, I suspect that it is only a matter of time before such “credit card details” (ie, card numbers) will not be useable for making a payment (or will come with a higher discount fee, as is currently the case sometimes with “card not present” transactions), for it is the possible fraudulent use of these card details that is the real, and costly, ongoing weakness of the card system. From a security point of view, I see such card details becoming nominal only and the likes of the “MasterPass” and “V.me” digital wallets (accessed via mobile or plastic card, or online) becoming the dominant vehicle for all retail transactions—on- and off-line—with much improved efficacy and security for all stakeholders …
 
Regardless, finger print reading or an NFC chip only makes a smart phone a little smarter; a “payments system” it does not make. But, an NFC chip should facilitate the use of the new “MasterPass” and “V.me” digital wallet apps …
 
Methinks there are no long term “spoils” in retail payments for Apple or any of the other payments middleman—only for those that we trust to keep safe our surplus funds—the licensed, prudentially regulated, retail banks …
 
Yes, there are presently some anachronistic features of the credit card system; the operational card details imprinted on the card and recorded on the card’s primitive mag strip are serious, fraud enabling, anachronisms and, undoubtedly, those anachronism will be phased out following the implementation of the approaching mandated Chip+PIN regime (where the PIN may not be required for nominal value POS transactions), and the new MasterCard/Visa digital wallet extensions thereof.

Andrea Catozzi
Andrea Catozzi

What about an iWatch for nfc/contactless compatible payments via HCE? It will work also with existing iPhones

David AllisØn
David AllisØn

Just now getting NFC? Apple really is behind the times. They really do need something "new" to get them back in the game.

Erik Godin
Erik Godin

Maybe it's your 4S that sucks (lemon, you dropped it too many times, etc..?) Fact is, LTE/4G is faster than 3G, there's no arguing against that. The fact that your husband's 3G phone is faster (you're talking about mobile data connectivity standards so I'm going to assume that by "faster" you mean it downloads faster from the mobile network) just means the 4G phone isn't working to it's full potential for one reason or another.

James Ebenger
James Ebenger

But, it's running Gingerbread. Baby step apple. Baby steps. #Revolutionary

Ann Shin
Ann Shin

The good old Apple products are just solid and reliable. When you pack all the features in, it's just fancy and gadgety. I have Samsung Galaxy 4S which is 4G, my husband has iPhone 3S which is 3G, his is much faster and much better reception than mine!

Alex Perez
Alex Perez

Welcome to the 2010s with adult sized screens Apple. #change

milan milan
milan milan

 Ummm.... The current iPhone 5s isn't a Cat 4 LTE device capable of 150Mbps on the downlink. It's a Cat 3 device, capable of 100Mbps. Check the specs.


Not sure what your sources are, but it's very hard to believe that Qualcomm is fully ready to produce MDM9x35 Cat 6 baseband processors in large volume at this point in time.


iPhone is more likely to be a Cat 4 device.

Albert Lee
Albert Lee

Yes, these are all features their competitors already have

Belteshazzar Diaz
Belteshazzar Diaz

wireless charging.. nokia has done it.. nfc.. no need to explain.. larger display... lol... sorry apple, you're late to the party...

Sunshine Lama
Sunshine Lama

What about battery life ... ? No point in all these new features if battery life is still an ongoing issue ..!

William Su
William Su

Nat Julian Belza Cause we smell a lawsuit

William Su
William Su

How is NFC related to BT LE in any way?

Jeff Ski Kinsey
Jeff Ski Kinsey

It is more likely that the iPhone 6 will embrace Flash then it will NFC. Not going to happen IMNSHO

Shawn Sieg
Shawn Sieg

really NFC? even with iBeacon implementation upon us?

Fredrick Lakes Jr.
Fredrick Lakes Jr.

Apple hasn't shown any indication they want anything to do with NFC. If you know something different please post your reference. On another note...your FB thug game is weak.

Cory Weston
Cory Weston

If you think they are just rumours then you do not pay attention.

Peter LoPresti
Peter LoPresti

Can't wait to hear my Apple friends tell me how they invented NFC /s

Zack Ris
Zack Ris

Well whatever features they decide to have, it will have been tested and well thought out unlike androids spitting out new phones like turrets. I'm sure your one year old phone is 3 models behind.

Edith Ritter
Edith Ritter

Awesome Zack Ris so your cute little iPhone finally getting some features androids have had forever. Congrats on that man! Really happy for you.

James Farris
James Farris

"Apple was been under pressure to increase the size of its screens in response to consumers’ desire to watch more video on mobile devices. Competing Android phones will large screens have sold well, and Apple can no longer ignore that, our source says."

Grammar, yo

edard rogers
edard rogers

i just dont get all the hoopla over iphones

Douglas Keith
Douglas Keith

So where's all the sapphire everyone was talking about being on the new iPhone?  Apple should at least keep NFC for all those consumers in Japan who use smartphone payments.  Apple might be able to lock down major smartphone market share in Japan with NFC-equipped iPhones.


Ridah Adams
Ridah Adams

Please note that these are just rumours and not fact. If its a wateroof camera that you after then I suggest thats what you need to go and buy. Its like Nokia making a digital camera which by chance happens to make calls. This is a tool designed for communication and making it a different experience for the end user.

Randy Schweiss
Randy Schweiss

My Galaxy S 5 already does all that, AND IT'S WATERPROOF!

Kris Manning
Kris Manning

Finally. Idiots who have managed to invent MORE wireless to make the world even MORE unhealthy.

Ferenc Szabó
Ferenc Szabó

Since when do corporations make money and profit by praising the competition? Or ideas that aren't in their products?

Aaron Clifford
Aaron Clifford

Finally! I have been waiting for Apple to invent NFC so it could catch on. 8p

Michael Appelmans
Michael Appelmans

I bet it will launch this fall, not next fall as predicted in the article. Hope its water resistant like the Samsung Galaxy 5!

Terrence Yang
Terrence Yang

Enjoyed your comment. Related but different topic: Your view of Western Union?

Paul Johnson
Paul Johnson

Dumbass.  Apple has been working on iBeacon/BLE for as long as NFC has been around.  This report that Apple will use NFC is just more misinformation.

Ron Katt
Ron Katt

I noticed that too.  I don't want to wait until NEXT fall!