Earlier this week, reports surfaced that Apple’s 5th generation iPhone may not come with Near Field Communication (NFC) technology despite widespread initial expectations. NFC makes mobile payments possible by enabling smartphone users to pay for products at retail locations using only their handset.
Last night, however, Forbes blogger Elizabeth Woyke countered the report that first surfaced in The Independent, which cited sources claiming that Apple had begun notifying mobile operators in the UK that the iPhone 5 would not include NFC technology after all.
This revelation, it turns out, came as a shock to Forbes and others in the tech reporting sphere.
From what I hear, it is possible the iPhone 5 will include NFC. An entrepreneur who is working on a top-secret NFC product told me today that he believes the iPhone 5 will have NFC and cited a friend who works at Apple as a reliable source for the information.
For months, we’ve been hearing that NFC is coming to the iPhone 5. And with fewer major upgrades to the Apple handset anticipated this time around, it would be wise for Apple to groom its iPhone for the future of mobile technology, which is clearly tied to NFC. And for that very reason alone, many analysts still believe the iPhone 5 remains a shoe-in for NFC technology.
To read the full report from Forbes, click here.