Bad news for all you iPhone 5 rumour watchers: turns out the next-gen Apple phone won't be packing Near Field Communications tech for close-range wireless payments after all, despite recent rumours suggesting it would.
But as with most things Apple-related, that's not the end of the story. With NFC set to be a near-£100bn industry by 2015, suggestions are that Apple may be holding back so it can develop its own NFC platform.
The news comes to us via The Independent, which claims Apple has revealed to “several of the largest mobile operators in the UK” that it won't be including NFC tech in the next version of the iPhone, due to be unveiled in June.
“The new iPhone will not have NFC,” a source is quoted as saying. “Apple told the operators it was concerned by the lack of a clear standard across the industry.”
Yet it appears Apple isn't prepared to wait for that standard differentiation to be resolved, and in fact plans to make the problem worse by introducing one of its own.
The Independent claims the system, which would link payments through iTunes, is currently being targeted at appearing on next year's generation of iDevices.
Android already has an NFC-capable handset on the market in the Google Nexus S using a proprietary system, and the industry is expected to explode over the next few years to the extent that consultants Frost & Sullivan say around €110bn worth of payments will be made using NFC by 2015.
Via The Independent