Following rumors and speculations on Apple’s intention of launching a robust mobile payment system, a leak out of China shows we should expect native payment functionality on the new iPhone.
Just days before Apple’s press conference on the release of the new iPhone, a leaked video and photos of the alleged iPhone 6 have surfaced. This is not the first we are seeing of the device, as it is suffered heavy leaks throughout its development. However, these photos and video show the device actually powered on for the first time.
The lager (what seems to be 4.7 inches) device is set next to its predecessor, the iPhone 5s, in the leaked footage. While showing the integrated finger ID scanner working, one thing stood out in comparison to the iPhone 5s, a new Passbook icon.
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The passbook icon now boasts an additional red tab along with the blue flight tab, the green movie tab, and the orange coffee tab. While images are not clear it seems the additional tab is to represent credit and payment card information.
Passbook is already used for to store coupons, boarding passes, event tickets, store cards, and ‘generic’ cards. If Apple were to introduce its own mobile payment solution, Passbook would be the perfect place for it.
Apple’s iPhone release event is only a couple of days away, and is to be held on the 9th of September. Until then we will have to wait and see if any of the rumors or leaks can be proven true.
The video showing the new phone in action was pulled from YouTube, likely by Apple representatives.