Our favorite DIY repairs website, iFixit, recently dismembered the brand new iPad mini 3. While 99 percent of the teardown is no surprise, it turns out the smaller screen tablet inexplicitly also features a near-field communication (NFC) chip. After discovering the chip in the iPad Air 2, speculation arose as to what Apple might have in store for the future of its mobile payment service and its tablet line.
The same NXP 65V10 NFC Controller that is in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, and recently discovered in the iPad Air 2, is confirmed to be outfitted in the iPad mini 3. Just like its bigger brother, there is no NFC antenna, so the chip will not work for touch less purchases in retail stores.