Apple could add wearables, NFC

Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) has a product announcement scheduled for Sept. 9 and rumors are swirling as to what new hardware and features will be revealed. High on that list is an Apple wearable, new payment options and near-field communication technology.

Apple's soon-to-be announced iPhone 6 could sport a bigger screen, more resilient glass and a faster processor. But there is also speculation it will include NFC intended to help build Apple's iWallet and grow mobile payments.

The technology company has formed partnerships with Visa, MasterCard and American Express to create a more robust mobile wallet, according to Bloomberg. NFC would be in addition to Apple's Touch ID.

Apple has long been rumored to be on the brink of incorporating NFC with each new model of iPhone. Each new product announcement comes and goes, without that technology.

Instead, iBeacons are Apple's focus. The HomeKit announced at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference in June, lets consumers create beacon networks inside their homes and small businesses, while retailers are busily deploying the technology in stores and malls. It's questionable that NFC will add much to Apple's portfolio.

An iWatch or other wearable device from Apple is expected. Pricing could be in the $400 range with several different models at various price points, according to Re/code.

Apple announced HealthKit in June that would complement a wearable device, products consumers use for fitness and health-related purposes more than any other task.

In any event, the curtain will part Sept. 9 and rumors will become facts or be put to rest. For a few months, at least.

For more:
-See this Re/code story
-See this Bloomberg article

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