The Financial Times is reporting this morning  that Apple has tapped Dutch chipmaker NXP to produce NFC chips for the upcoming iPhone 6 . Citing several people familiar with the project, the site claims the secure, short-range wireless technology will facilitate transactions in aÂ new mobile payment service.
The report doesnât add much in the way of new details, but it does corroborate with the ongoing consensus that after shunning the technology for several years, Apple has finally decided to add NFC to its handsets. Wired and Recode had similar scoops yesterday, as did well-connected blogger John Gruber.
Linking to Recodeâs story on his popular Daring Fireball site, Gruber hinted  that heâs heard the new iPhone 6 will feature NFC and a new secure enclave that will allow usersÂ to store theirÂ credit cards and pay for things in brick and mortar stores. He even suggestedÂ Appleâs wearable will have similar capabilities.
As youâve probably read in the recent barrage ofÂ Apple-mobile payment pieces, the company has over 800 million iTunes accounts and a trove of mobile payment-related patents.Â Combine these things with the Passbook platform, and Appleâs new iBeacon tech , and it certainly seems like all of the pieces match up.
NXPÂ is already an Apple supplier, and has long provided NFC chips for handset manufacturers like Samsung. Earlier this week,Â photos of a logic board allegedly belonging to theÂ iPhone 6 surfaced, and upon inspection, it was discovered that it features a surface area that would fit NXPâs PN65 NFC package perfectly.