We have previously been able to pull data from PreEVT iPhone 5,1 and iPhone 5,2 prototypescodenamed “N41AP (5,1)” and “N42AP (5,2)”, which lead us to believe that the new iPhone will have a bigger 1,136-by-640 display. We also detailed a lot of the hardware (here), but we forgot one very important bit of information. Further investigation into this hardware code dump leads us to believe that these iPhones also have Near Field Communication controllers directly connected to the Power Management Unit.
The implications are obviously monstrous. With the recently announced PassBook application(which we detailed prior to its announcement while speculating about an NFC tie-in), Apple will be set to compete with Google Wallet and Microsoft’s similar service that unveiled last week.
I would just like to point out that the Samsung Galaxy 2 and 3 already have NFC chips. Just saying.