Claimed circuit board hints at NFC-enabled iPhone 6

The latest leaked photos for the oft-rumored iPhone 6 have hit the web this weekend, this time showing what could be the logic board for the upcoming smartphone. According to French website Nowhereelse.fr, the source of these leaked photos, the iPhone 6 could have NFC and faster 802.11ac Wi-Fi.

Thus far, however, the iconic smartphone has not picked up support for NFC technology, which is an acronym for Near Field Communication. On the other hand, Apple has numerous NFC-related patents.

In addition to the expected components such as three times faster 802.11ac Wi-Fi, there seems to be an NFC chip in there. The publication’s well-informed source has stated that the iPhone 6, internally referred to as N61, has unspecified NFC capabilities.

While the rumors of NFC are harder to believe, considering that it seems like they occur on a yearly or even monthly basis, it would make sense for Apple to adopt 802.11ac Wi-Fi in the next iPhone now that the chips are readily available.

MacRumors editor Eric Slivka took it upon himself to visualize just how this circuit board compares to the existing iPhone 5s part. In addition to a much longer part extending across what would be the top of a 4.7-inch iPhone 6 model, the components pictured on the images indicate the part could be genuine (though it’s hard to tell for sure).


Slivka explains:
With the photos showing only the bare printed board and no chips or other components installed, it is difficult to tell much new information from the part, although the locations of some components can be identified based on their similarities to other iPhone logic boards.
Coincidentally or not, VentureBeat (not the most reliable of sources) earlier this week said that the iPhone 6 packs in an NFC chip, wireless charging, a better 4G antenna and “a much bigger screen”, among several other highly-anticipated features.

[Nowhereelse via MacRumors]

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