“One of the latest, juiciest rumors about Apple’s upcoming iPhone, dubbed iPhone 5, is that the device will not include a wireless technology known as Near Field Communication or NFC,” Elizabeth Woyke reports for Forbes. “That tidbit came from the UK publication The Independent, which said on March 14 that Apple had decided against incorporating an NFC chip into the next iPhone because it was ‘concerned by the lack of a clear standard across the industry.'”
“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,” Woyke reports.
“To further bolster his statement, the entrepreneur said that manufacturers of NFC readers – whom he has been talking to for his own product – also expect the iPhone 5 to have NFC,” Woyke reports. “These manufacturers are gearing up for the additional NFC traffic the iPhone 5 will bring, likely this summer, said the entrepreneur.”
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