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Apple set to unveil digital wallet alongside iPhone 6

Next week, as you can hardly have missed, Apple will reveal the iPhone 6, but apparently Cupertino has something planned on the digital wallet front at the big 9 September press event.

Yes, the iPhone Wallet is set to arrive as SlashGear (opens in new tab) reports. Certainly all the pieces are in place for this to happen. The iPhone 6 is rumoured to have an NFC chip on board – indeed this rumour has been hanging around since June (opens in new tab) (although other previous speculation from back then, such as wireless charging, appears to have fallen by the wayside).

And of course the device will carry the fingerprint sensor of the current iPhone, which will be important in ensuring an extra element of security for mobile transactions.

This reinforces what we heard on the grapevine at the end of last week, when those in the know spoke to Wired and said that the iPhone 6 would feature its own payment service to go head-to-head with existing platforms such as Google Wallet.

Read more: Apple to finally embrace NFC with iPhone 6 mobile payment platform (opens in new tab)

Assuming this speculation is on the money, Apple has taken a long time to enter the digital payments arena, but Cupertino does have something of an ace up its sleeve in terms of some 800 million credit cards already on file with iTunes accounts.

And you can bet if Apple is entering the wallet market, it will be pushing hard, and the company certainly isn't short of marketing chops.

Apple apparently has some major partners in the venture lined up, and these include Visa, MasterCard, and American Express.

For a full roundup of all the latest rumours and updates on the iPhone 6, check out our rolling live coverage (opens in new tab).

Darran has over 25 years of experience in digital and magazine publishing as a writer and editor. He's also an author, having co-written a novel published by Little, Brown (Hachette UK). He currently writes news, features and buying guides for TechRadar, and occasionally other Future websites such as T3 or Creative Bloq and he's a copy editor for TechRadar Pro. Darrran has written for a large number of tech and gaming websites/magazines in the past, including Web User and ComputerActive. He has also worked at IDG Media, having been the Editor of PC Games Solutions and the Deputy Editor of PC Home.