Near Field Communications, or NFC for short, will apparently not be included in the Apple iPhone 5.
According to The Independent, ‘several of the largest mobile operators in the UK’ have confirmed the swipe-to-pay technology isn’t going to be integrated into the iPhone 5, due to concerns over standards.
A source involved in the discussions said, “The new iPhone will not have NFC, Apple told the operators it was concerned by the lack of a clear standard across the industry.”
This goes against a slew of rumours and hopes Apple introducing NFC would help with the standardisation of the payment technology. The fact that the iPhone-creator hasn’t further compounds its own concerns.
In terms of support thus far, Google has already introduced NFC into its handsets, and other manufacturers, including Samsung and its Galaxy S II, include NFC as an optional extra.
When can we expect standardisation to happen? Carolina Milanesi, analyst at Gartner, said, “Nokia has talked about this for years and nothing happened. When Google and Apple talk about it, NFC will happen.”
Consulting group Frost & Sullivan estimates the payment value of NFC to be €110 billion by 2015. With this in mind, we believe Apple holding back is a sign it may be working on its own home-grown version.
Source: The Independent