The day is getting closer. Apple has sent out the invites for what is billed to be the iPhone 6 launch event. Of course the company refuses to confirm even that, but September 9 is a lock for the launch of the iPhone 6.

What remains unconfirmed are the exact dimensions of the next iPhone. Will there be two models, a 4.7-inch and a 5.5-inch? What happens to the pricing of the devices by using sapphire crystal instead of gorilla glass?

One piece of good news is that it is looking increasingly likely that NFC will make it into the iPhone 6. Why should you care? Apple’s move will solidify a standard in the mobile payments vertical.

Small business are currently dealing with a fractured landscape when it comes to mobile payments and NFC. Google uses it own standard. Wireless carriers use another. And then retailers such as Walmart, Target and Sears use Merchant Customer Exchange. All are NFC capable.

Once Apple jumps on board, retailers will get a good look at what NFC standard will become the norm. There’s not a small businesses out there willing to pick a system, and then having to replace it soon after. The Apple shoe has to drop.

Expect the iPhone 6 rumor mill to hit a fever pitch next week as the tech and business world anticipate the event.

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