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Near Field Communication (NFC) tech will be omitted from the next-gen iPhone, sources at UK carriers have disclosed.

Touted as the next big thing in mobile for 2011, NFC tech (as featured in Oyster cards on the London Tube network) enables users to wave their handsets over readers to pay for low-ticket items.

The function, which is incorporated in a host of new Android phones coming to market this year, was widely rumoured to be one of the key features of the iPhone 5. This would have dovetailed neatly with other rumours that the handset would include the option to tag locations using an updated MobileMe.

However, that’s all looking much less likely today, after insiders at “several” of Blighty’s major networks told the Independent that Apple has decided to hold off until NFC becomes more established.

One source told the Indy: "The new iPhone will not have NFC, Apple told the operators it was concerned by the lack of a clear standard across the industry."

As is the way with Apple, the other features of the iPhone 5 remain strictly under-wraps. However, if the online rumour mill is to be believed it’ll be home to an A5 dual core processor, a four-inch display and 4G support in the US.


The Independent

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