The NFC, or near-field communication chip, appears in an image that appears in a Photobucket account, no less. While seeming to be a strange place for leaked images, the account previously served as the "launch point" for some of the first shots of the next-generation iPhone's purported front assembly.
The images were first noted on Sunday by Chinese website Apple.pro.
Located near the top of the image and surrounded by a red box is a component that has appeared previously in an Apple device. Considering that most believe that NFC is a component in the new iPhone, that's what most people believe the part to be, an NFC chip.
Rumors say that the iPhone 5 will be introduced on Sept. 12, with the retail launch on Sept. 21, and iOS 6 reaching older handsets sometime in-between, though likely in the week of Sept. 21.
The iPad mini is then expected to have its own launch event, once the iPhone 5 dust settles, sometime in October.