Although widely rumoured that the iPhone 5 will include Near Field Technology, Apple has confirmed that it will not.
A report from the Indy revealed that with “sources at several of the largest mobile operators in the UK”, revealing that Apple “had disclosed in meetings that it would not be including Near Field Communication (NFC) technology…in the latest version of the iPhone, be it the iPhone 4GS or the iPhone 5.”
In January, a leading business analyst spoke of Apples’ inclusion of NFC payment options for its new devices, including the iPad 2 which still has not materialised. Essentially the NFC payment option would allow customers to use their iPhone’s, instead of credit/debit cards, to pay for items.
Apple also appointed Benjamin Vigier, who previously worked at NFC specialists Mobile Wallet as “product manager for mobile commerce”, naturally fuelling rumours that the next iPhone would include such technology.
It looks as if we’ll have to wait for the 2012 iPhone to get our mobile payment technology, sources from the Independent claim that Apple is working on its own NFC option which will link to iTunes, due to clear standards so far.
But, it looks as if we’ll have to wait for the 2012 iPhone version for some wave and pay fun – with one of the Independent’s sources claiming that Apple is working on its own NFC option (due to a lack of clear standards so far), linked to iTunes, that is likely to be released next year.
Fingers crossed Apple will manage to incorporate the technology in to the new iPhone but in the mean time we’ll have to stick to old fashioned credit and debit cards.