It was speculated that Apple will build NFC chips into iPad 2 and iPhone 5. NFC is a short range wireless technology that enables devices to communicate with each other to perform simple transactions. This technology has been in use in countries like Japan and South Korea – but is yet to take off in the West.
It looks like even iPhone 5, which is probably more ideal than iPad 2 for the “wave and pay” system may not get the NFC feature.
The Independent reports:
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.
Apple is apparently working to bring the NFC technology to iOS devices next year (2012), which would mean that it will be introduced in iPhone 6.
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[via The Independent]