Yet another new iPhone parts leak surfaced over the weekend at Apple.pro. At first glance, everything looks like a rerun of leaks past, but that new square chip subsystem at the top, as Macotakara notes, could yield some exciting possibilities. The most obvious answer is NFC.
We first found NFC code in hardware dumps from upcoming iPhone prototypes, so the likelihood of Apple including the hardware is high.
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.
If you flip that iPhone part over, the unnamed chip seems to be in the same general area where Apple’s patents place the NFC radio/receiver. Many believe Apple putting NFC in the iPhone will change the game and be a big part of the Sept. 12 event.