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China's GeekBar has been on a roll lately, as almost every day brings a new set of schematics and parts that supposedly come from one of the two rumored iPhone 6 models. The repair firm sometimes doesn't properly identify the parts, according to other experts, but the leaks themselves appear to be legit. GeekBar earlier claimed that one part in particular was the iPhone's long-rumored near-field communications (NFC) chip, and now the forum users over at MacRumors maintain there might be some truth to the claim.
At the time, GeekBar claimed that the schematic listed as PN65V was a new iPhone version of the PN65 NFC package made by NXP that you sometimes find in Android devices. One of MacRumors's forum users, chrmjenkins, attempted to confirm the claim by pulling up a separate document for NXP's PN65 chip, which pointed out that the chip measures 5x5mm and contains 32 connectivity channels. With that in mind, verifying GeekBar's claim seemed to be a simple case of looking for the appropriate spot on the leaked photos of the iPhone 6's alleged logic boards.
Logic boards (alleged) of 4.7-inch iPhone 6, 5s, and 5.5-inch iPhone 6. Via MacRumors
And surprisingly enough, there's a space on both of the boards that look like they could support the chip in question. (You can see it outlined in red in the space above.) So far, MacRumors says, "many of the current major components can be mapped reasonably well to locations on the iPhone 6 logic board," leaving this mystery piece of real estate a prime candidate for an NPC chip.
And not a moment too soon. According to some commentators, the iPhone 6 is going to be the device that finally makes mobile payments a big thing at Apple, and an NFC chip would mark an important step toward making that vision a reality. Fortunately, we should only have to wait until September 9 to learn if all this speculation has any weight.
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