It’s probably fair to say that Near Field Communication (NFC) hasn’t really taken off over here, but I still reckon Apple could change all that if it includes an NFC chip in the iPhone 5.
We already heard about PassBook at WWDC a couple of weeks ago, and now we’re hearing that there’ll be an NFC tie-in. Possibly.
According to 9to5mac, further investigation into hardware code dumps from iPhone 5 prototypes reveals that the iPhone 5 will indeed have NFC.
It’s been pointed out before that Apple already has loads of payment details on record via iTunes, meaning NFC-enabled iPhone 5 users could – in theory – starting making contactless payments with a minimum of fuss.
Jim Peters, CTO of SITO, says: “There is a lot of debate that NFC will never take off because of all the arguments. But you need to get ready, this is coming. This is going to happen.
“By the end of the year the majority of smartphones that you go and buy will have NFC on them. If in October the next iPhone comes out and it has NFC on it, it’s game over.”