Purported iPhone 5 parts just keep on leaking out This time around, photos from Apple.pro are showing what could quite possibly be a front-facing NFC chip.
Positioned next to the front-facing camera, the new piece of hardware revealed in the shots is suspiciously shaped like an NFC chip and located exactly where NFC chips appear in some of Apple’s patents. But all anyone has to go on is a leaked picture, so it’s impossible to know for sure.
If Apple did include NFC in the new iPhone, however, it would be in a position to take on Google Wallet, and there would suddenly be a lot more interest in the technology. Passbook already looks promising, and it’s just begging to use NFC instead of QR codes. It looks like that could be the plan, but we’ll just have to wait to see whether or not Apple is barking up that tree. [9to5Mac]