Well, we're entering the home stretch of the last few weeks before the release of the iPhone 6. Have the spate or articles and leaks and so on dampened enthusiasm or stoked it? Guess we'll find out soon enough. At the very least, this week's been heavy on the iPhone 6 "news" so let's see what we have in the hopper for Labor Day weekend.
If you've been feeling iPhone 6 rumor fatigue over the last few weeks, that suffering is finally coming to an end in less than two weeks — but not before we extract a few more tidbits about Apple's supposed NFC plans first. Friday's Morning Report also closes out the week with a look at a 64-bit beta of Chrome for Mac and a new connected security camera, so jump forward for the details.
This morning Apple started sending out invitations confirming that there will, indeed, be a media event on September 9. In all likelihood, we'll finally get to see the iPhone 6 and the fabled "iWatch" then. And in sharp contrast to another announcements Apple's made in the past, the company is apparently building a mysterious auxiliary stage.
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, but the leaks themselves appear to be legit. One part in particular was the iPhone's long-rumored near-field communications (NFC) chip, and now there's evidence that there might be some truth to the claim.
Could it be? Will the next iPhone finally include NFC (near-field communication) features? That's the latest rumor based on a leaked photo of the device's internal components. Plus, we've got the details on the newly updated MacBook Pro with Retina display, a report on AppleCare+, and news on Facebook Messenger in Tuesday's Morning Report.
Looks like we've got a good handful of iPhone 6 and iOS 8 rumors cooking out there these days. No surprises to us. 'tis the season after all. As we move closer to WWDC, as we move closer to that traditional fall drop date, things start to percolate out there in the rumor mill world. So let's have a look at those and a few other tasty treats in this week's news roundup.
Near-field communication (NFC) has wound up in a lot of Android devices over the last few years, enabling retail shoppers to pay with a tap. With each passing year, Apple has been rumored to finally adopt such technology, so it should come as little surprise to see it surface again in 2014.
Near-field communication (NFC) was supposed to be the future, but while Google Wallet has mostly neutered its ambitions and Isis Wallet stumbled out of the gate, is there any hope for contactless mobile payments? The folks behind Loop say yes.
When it comes to near-field communication (NFC) enabled payments, the iPhone has been left out of the party by Apple's refusal to add the necessary chip to its hardware -- that is, until the release of a new case from Incipio.