Rumours that the iPhone 5 will feature Near Field Communications (NFC) support are wide of the mark, an influential analysis group predicts.
NFC tech enables smartphone owners to pay for low ticket items by swiping their handsets over a reader. The feature is a key part of many of the current-gen Android phones and is widely tipped as the Next Big Thing in mobile.
Latterly, rumours have circulated that Apple will incorporate NFC tech in then next-gen iPhone, as Apple bids to keep pace with Google. Not so, say the coves at Bernstein, who have ruled it out for the next-gen phone.
It’s not yet abundantly clear why Apple isn’t joining the NFC bandwagon. However, it’s widely thought that the decision stems from the relative newness of the technology and a lack of a clear industry-wide standard.
Bernstein also claimed that Apple will run with the name iPhone 4S for its next phone – a moniker which would reflect the fact that the phone is an incremental upgrade rather than the groundbreaking reinvention that some had been predicting.
Citing “industry checks”, the analysts claim that the key differences this time around are “minor cosmetic changes, better cameras, A5 dual-core processor, and HSPA+ support.”