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Larger iPhones rumored to support one-handed mode and NFC for mobile payments

Sep 5 2014, 2:53am CDT | by , in Rumors | Apple

Larger iPhones rumored to support one-handed mode and NFC for mobile payments
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One-hand mode, NFC for mobile payments, and larger screens - these are the latest rumors about Apple's upcoming iPhones.

In addition to an earlier report from the New York Times that purveyed interesting details about Apple's first wearable, reporter Brian Chen, citing multiple sources at Apple, said that the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhones will have softer and rounded edges.

The biggest news is that the iPhones will reportedly feature a one-handed mode to make typing easier. This said feature can be turned on and off, sources told the Times. Apple praised the original iPhone's size, calling it the perfect size for a person's hand. But larger phones are making more money these days, prompting Apple to change paradigms.

Additionally, the new iPhones are said to support NFC, which will be used in making payments. A couple of days ago, it was rumored that Apple is partnering with Visa, MasterCard, and American Express to come up with a new mobile payments system. Essentially, it would transform the iPhone into a digital wallet.

Analysts have predicted that Apple's foray into the mobile payments business will be a game changer. Pacific Crest Securities analyst Josh Beck told the Times that Apple has the advantage since it owns the hardware and software. “Not to mention Apple has this huge cache of customer credit cards, and an affluent customer base," he added. 

Source: New York Times

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