More on Apple: iPhone 6, Spotsetter, Apple Monitor

VentureBeat reports the iPhone 6 (AAPL -0.3%) will feature an NFC radio and wireless charging support to go with its (widely expected) larger display. Support for Cat-6 LTE  - theoretical max speeds of 300Mbps, 2x that of the iPhone 5S/5C's Cat-4 modem - is also reportedly on tap.

An NFC radio would likely help enable Apple's rumored mobile payments service. Top NFC chipmaker NXP (NXPI) must be pleased to see the report, which comes as Chinese carriers get set to adopt NFC on a large scale.

TechCrunch reports Apple has bought Spotsetter, developer of a local search app that relied on social media info, reviews, and other data to recommend local businesses over a map-based UI.

The purchase meshes with Apple's growing mapping/search investments. It bought Twitter search engine Topsy last December, and this week showed off a big overhaul for its Spotlight search tool.

Brian White's Apple Monitor (tracks the sales of Apple-dependent Taiwanese suppliers) is up 6%-7% M/M in May, much better than a 9-year average of 2%. White sees the Apple Monitor rising 18%-20% Q/Q for the whole of Q2, ahead of the iPhone 6 launch.

Earlier: Apple roundup

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  • Philip Marlowe
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    So Apple adopts NFC. Time for all the fanboys that were saying that NFC was a failed experiment to do a quick about face.


    PS: Other companies that supply NFC chips are BRCM and SWKS.
    6 Jun 2014, 05:18 PM Reply Like
  • bgold1955
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    Nope. Why would AAPL spend $'s on a chip in the handset that was not really needed in prior smartphone models, especially in U.S. If true, AAPL will pave the way for wide adoption of NFC in the U.S. As a shareholder, I appreciate AAPL's approach in material cost decisions.
    7 Jun 2014, 09:01 AM Reply Like
  • 3D-BP
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    Are the Apple Monitor stocks listed anywhere?
    7 Jun 2014, 12:15 AM Reply Like
  • SA User 74XXXXX
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    Thanks, more news, better news.


    Today one share has become seven shares. Hopefully one $100 notes will become seven $100 notes soon.
    7 Jun 2014, 05:01 AM Reply Like
  • synchrogeddon
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    What? I sold NXPI yesterday, on Friday, I have good timing :(
    7 Jun 2014, 05:37 AM Reply Like
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