Apple has reportedly been installing Near Field Communication, or NFC, sensors in its own retail stores along with Disney Store locations, adding more fuel to the rumors that the iPhone 6 will include NFC support as part of a new mobile payment system. Apple is expected to unveil the iPhone 6 at a special media event on Tuesday, September 9, at the Flint Center in Cupertino.
Report claims Apple is placing mobile payment NFC sensors in Disney Stores
The rumor follows a report that Apple has struck payment processing deals with American Express, Visa, and MasterCard, and several retailers including Walgreens and CVS. Reports have claimed the iPhone 6 will include NFC support, although there is word that the still rumored iWatch will include NFC for mobile payments instead.
Apple is expected to show off new iPhone models at tomorrow's media event, along with its entry into the wearable tech space. The new iPhone will likely be available with 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch displays, a more powerful processor, improved camera and battery life, and a redesigned body that matches the iPad Air and iPad mini.
The iWatch is said to be a smart watch with several sensors designed to collect health and fitness data, then transmit that information back to our iPhones. The device will take advantage of iOS 8's HealthKit platform and Health app to let users view their own data and choose what to share with health care providers.
News of the NFC deployment in Apple and Disney stores comes via Techie News, although the site doesn't identify its sources.
Apple hasn't commented on its plans for the iPhone or the wearable tech space. It has, however, built a large structure outside the Flint Center, hinting that whatever announcements it has in store will be big and quite possibly game changing for consumers and competitors.
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