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Apple Won’t Include NFC Technology For Mobile Payments In iPhone 5, Most Likely In iPhone 6

March 14th, 2011 03:08 admin Leave a comment Go to comments

iPhone 5 NFC

It was speculated that Apple will build NFC chips into iPad 2 and iPhone 5. NFC is a short range wireless technology that enables devices to communicate with each other to perform simple transactions. This technology has been in use in countries like Japan and South Korea – but is yet to take off in the West.

When Apple unveiled iPad 2, it did not mention it and even the iPad 2 teardown has not indicated any possibility of Apple magically enabling the NFC feature in the future.

It looks like even iPhone 5, which is probably more ideal than iPad 2 for the “wave and pay†system may not get the NFC feature.

The Independent reports:

One source close to 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.” Yet Apple is understood to be working on its own NFC proposition, which would link payments through iTunes.

Apple is apparently working to bring the NFC technology to iOS devices next year (2012), which would mean that it will be introduced in iPhone 6.

Do you like the idea of turning your iPhone and iPad in to an easy payment system while on the move? Please share your views in the comments section below.

[via The Independent]

Source: Apple Won’t Include NFC Technology For Mobile Payments In iPhone 5, Most Likely In iPhone 6

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  • http://profiles.google.com/laurenannskis Lauren Lawton

    Yes, I do like the idea. I feel more secure knowing that my mobile device organizes and carries my payment information. That way, I can keep it encrypted and password protected.

    I can’t encrypt and password protect my wallet.

    If I lost my wallet, my life would turn upsi-down having to cancel and re-order credit cards, driver’s license, health insurance cards, etc… if I could get half of that on my smartphone, it would be far less stresfful to lose it. Not only would it be behind a password and encryption barrier, but I can simply log on to any computer and remote lock or remote wipe my iphone. I wouldn’t even have to order new credit cards.

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