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.
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