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iPhone 5 to get NFC for Passbook payments?

It looks like Apple's planning to let us pay with our next-gen iPhones – just don't cut yours in half when you spend too much

We’ve heard the iPhone 5 NFC rumblings before but this time the evidence of Cupertino landing some sort of iWallet in our laps at the (probable) iPhone 5 launch in October looks pretty convincing.

9to5mac has done the gadget legwork and found NFC chips in hardware data from iPhone 5 prototypes and the recent unveiling of iOS 6’s PassBook app which stores movie tickets, boarding passes and other previously paper pocket-wares, suggests Apple is gearing up for an NFC and iTunes payment system.

If Apple does stick NFC in the iPhone 5, it could be the start of a mobile payments revolution. Retailers have been slow to foot the bill of NFC equipment in shops but if millions of iPhone owners start demanding the right to pay with a swipe of their smartphone – not to mention all the Android users who’ve had the tech in their handsets for ages – we can’t see them arguing.

You’ll find more iPhone 5 rumours than you can handle in one sitting over in our comprehensive rumour round-up.

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Dan is Editor-in-chief of Stuff, working across the magazine and the Stuff.tv website.  Our Editor-in-Chief is a regular at tech shows such as CES in Las Vegas, IFA in Berlin and Mobile World Congress in Barcelona as well as at other launches and events. He has been a CES Innovation Awards judge. Dan is completely platform agnostic and very at home using and writing about Windows, macOS, Android and iOS/iPadOS plus lots and lots of gadgets including audio and smart home gear, laptops and smartphones. He's also been interviewed and quoted in a wide variety of places including The Sun, BBC World Service, BBC News Online, BBC Radio 5Live, BBC Radio 4, Sky News Radio and BBC Local Radio.

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Computing, mobile, audio, smart home