iPhone 5 NFC? Probably not

iPhone 5 NFC? Probably notNFC (Near Field Communication) was one of the big will they?/won’t they? questions surrounding the iPhone 4S. Of course, it didn’t materialise, and now the same question is being asked of the imminent iPhone 5.

The cyber press has been back and forth, back and forth over iPhone 5 NFC of late. Well, the music has stopped once again, and now we’re all standing on the side marked “Probably not”.

Anandtech for one goes into a whole heap of detail (seriously, lots of detail) about how NFC works, and ultimately concludes that it’s “unlikely” to appear on the iPhone 5.

The guys write: “Given the primarily metal backside of the new iPhone, it’s highly unlikely that NFC is in the cards for this generation. In fact, given the very little space at top and bottom dedicated to those glass RF windows, you can almost entirely rule it out.”

Jim Dalrymple concurs, posting the above excerpt on The Loop and simply adding: “Yep”.

NFC is typically synonymous with "contactless" payments, though the two don't strictly need each other. NFC can do a bunch of other stuff (tap to connect, interactive tags), and there are other contactless payment technologies out there.

Of course, the announcement of Passbook in iOS 6 caused many to scream “NFC!”, but there’s always the chance it’ll use some sort of BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) tech instead.

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JanSt / MOD  Aug. 29, 2012 at 16:12

Good. Useless gimmick.

JanSt / MOD  Aug. 29, 2012 at 16:12

...and that was me being polite ;)

matt101101 / MOD  Aug. 29, 2012 at 17:14

Good. Useless gimmick.
Couldn't agree more. It's either a massively unsafe payment method or if you take that away, it becomes a needless gimmick. Not once have I desired having NFC on my phone.

jaybear88  Aug. 29, 2012 at 19:48

So..... what's the new iPhone going to have new on it? :S 12mp and quad core is about the limit of what I can think off!

matt101101 / MOD  Aug. 29, 2012 at 19:53

So..... what's the new iPhone going to have new on it? :S 12mp and quad core is about the limit of what I can think off!
4" display....crazyyyyy.

JanSt / MOD  Aug. 29, 2012 at 20:04

mass storage mode, sd card and optical zoom... maybe not.

matt101101 / MOD  Aug. 29, 2012 at 20:11

mass storage mode, sd card and optical zoom... maybe not.
Stop it, my sides are splitting :p.

Pondlife  Aug. 29, 2012 at 20:17

Compatibility with android apps ;)
Well there is the new dock conne... *snore*

matt101101 / MOD  Aug. 29, 2012 at 20:24

In reality I think it'll have:

A5X SoC (CPU underclocked from the iPad's 1Ghz to ~800Mhz)
1GB RAM
4" display with approx the same PPI (1136x640)
New, smaller dock connector
Even better camera (which will be verging on pointless with no optical zoom)
Same storage capacities as the 4S, with the 16GB still the most popular - I don't see the market for a 128GB version considering how poorly the 64GB version of phones sell (even the iPhone, after all, the networks don't carry it on contract).

Stelph  Aug. 30, 2012 at 06:40

Well hang on NFC isn't really useless? I agree it's pap for Monet transfers (don't trust it) but its also useful for low power quick and easy communication.

As always look at what it does on android, you can program NFC tags to give information like your wifi password to guests, changing the settings on your phone in the car to sync with the stereo, wirelessly connect to your of etc. that's all pretty useful (especially considering how diddly changing settings in ios is) so if appreciate it tbh

JanSt / MOD  Aug. 30, 2012 at 07:19

Granted, that does sound useful. But I seem to be lacking a gene - the one that actually wants me to do those things :p
Definitely more useful than the front camera following my eyes to dim the screen when I drift off ;)
Same goes for half the S-pen actions. You read the decriptions and think, blimey, how cool. Then I realise you can actually do that on most phones with your finger. And the other half works only so-so...

Stelph  Aug. 30, 2012 at 09:41

In reality I think it'll have:

A5X SoC (CPU underclocked from the iPad's 1Ghz to ~800Mhz)
1GB RAM
4" display with approx the same PPI (1136x640)
New, smaller dock connector
Even better camera (which will be verging on pointless with no optical zoom)
Same storage capacities as the 4S, with the 16GB still the most popular - I don't see the market for a 128GB version considering how poorly the 64GB version of phones sell (even the iPhone, after all, the networks don't carry it on contract).


I agree, although add NFC to the list (im sure its coming) and I also suspect a lot will be made of the fact that the headphone jack will be at the bottom rather than the top (its magical how easy it makes it to slide into the pocket) and some features of iOS that relate to the NFC chip

JanSt / MOD  Aug. 30, 2012 at 10:32

I think... don't laugh... I think they have something else. Something great....

Stelph  Aug. 30, 2012 at 10:44

I think... don't laugh... I think they have something else. Something great....


Yes they do, "and one more thing...........introducing the i-pen. Its magical!"

You heard it here first

Pondlife  Aug. 30, 2012 at 12:42

And last I would think.

Wouldn't be surprised if there was something similar to nfc but proprietary so they can sell itags and iconnect wireless speakers

jaybear88  Aug. 30, 2012 at 13:06

NFC tag with 3.5mm jack attached? I love that idea! Add mass-storage nfc via usb connection and I'll have one please.

Pondlife  Aug. 30, 2012 at 13:12

Can be damn sure they aren't adding mass storage

JanSt / MOD  Aug. 30, 2012 at 14:13

If Apple added mass storage it damn sure wouldnt be compatible with NTFS or FAT, and they would be iSD-cards, only...
Nah, realistically, I think they'll add some more cloud BS. iOS 6 doesn't hint at anything groundbreaking... Optical zoom aside :p

Pondlife  Aug. 30, 2012 at 14:32

Siri to be replaced with iSteve which iTold you they were copying, and iTells you that 4" is now the perfect size for a phone but 3.5" was before now as people just weren't ready (and iF the ipad mini isn't vapourware) iTells you to use the new iFile to get your fingers ready.

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