The iPhone 5 will feature Near Field Communication (NFC) support, an industry deep throat has claimed, despite suggestions that Apple had abandoned plans to include the tech in its next-gen handset.
Tipped as the next big thing in smartphones, NFC allows users to swipe their handset over readers to pay for low ticket items – in much the same way as Oyster Cards on the London Tube network. Rumours that Apple would incorporate the feature in the iPhone 5 have been circulating since the start of the year.
However, earlier this week this was thrown into doubt when insider sources at various UK networks purportedly told The Indy that Apple had scrapped the plan because it is concerned about the lack of a clear standard across the industry.
Today things have become even more muddied, after an unnamed source from the NFC sector purportedly told business news provider Forbes that he had in turn been informed by an Apple worker that NFC is still in the running for the handset.
The report stated: “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.”
NFC is a key feature of a host of Android phones coming to market this year and is already on board the Google Nexus S and its predecessor the Nexus One.
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