Earlier this year, Apple was rumored to include NFC (Near Field Communication) hardware in the next generation iPad and iPhone, the iPad 2 and iPhone 5. Such technology would enable users to use their iPhone to make purchases at retail stores.
With the launch of the iPad 2, NFC was not included in the new device indicating that the iPhone 5 may not receive NFC either. Additional reports indicate that Apple has decided that it will not include NFC in the iPhone due to lack of a clear standard.
One source close to the discussions said: “The new iPhone will not have NFC, Apple told the operators it was concerned by the lack of a clear standard across the industry.” Yet Apple is understood to be working on its own NFC proposition, which would link payments through iTunes.
Instead of the iPhone 5, it is reported that Apple may introduced the NFC technology”next year”. In other words, in the iPhone 6 (2012). To corroborate these recent reports, Apple has hired NFC experts over the last year and has further published patent applications related to NFC.