The countdown to Apple’s event on September 9, where it will almost certainly announce the next iPhones, has started — and rumors are increasingly piling up. The latest is that Apple will be announcing a partnership with payment facilitators including Visa and MasterCard, as it plans to turn the new iPhone into a mobile wallet, Bloomberg reports. Re/code separately reports that Apple has also reached an agreement with American Express. The new iPhone is said to introduce an easier mobile payment process with the inclusion of a near-field communication (NFC) chip. Along with the fingerprint reader which debuted on the iPhone 5s,…
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