Next-gen iPhone to sport built-in NFC?

The next-generation iPhone will likely sport built-in support for Near Field Communication (NFC), according to a new report. Citing code acquired from a Pre-EVT next-generation iPhone prototype, 9to5Mac reports that the iPhones have NFC controllers connected directly to their power management units.

As noted in the report, NFC capabilities would tie-in well with Apple’s recently revealed PassBook application for iOS 6, allowing users to conduct transactions without needing to even scan the screen. NFC would also allow users to quickly and easily share contact information and files from one phone to another, among other potential uses.

Apple is expected to announce its next-generation iPhone this fall.