WorldWide Tech & Science. Francisco De Jesús.
According to a report in the UK’s Independent newspaper, Apple will not be including a near field communication (NFC) chip in the next version of the iPhone, which is scheduled to be launched later this year.
Quoting sources at several UK mobile operators, the newspaper says Apple has told operators it was holding back from NFC because “it was concerned by the lack of a clear standard across the industry." Apple is “understood to be working on its own NFC proposition” that would make use of iTunes. Apple hopes to include its homegrown NFC solution in a handset to be released next year, says the report.
Apple has never announced that it would include NFC technology in the next iPhone but many in the industry had been hoping so, since Apple’s support would act as a major boost for the payments technology.
Handset vendors including Nokia, Samsung, RIM and Motorola, as well as leading mobile operators, have all announced their backing for NFC which has given the technology significant momentum this year.