NFC Unlikely In Next Generation iPhone

Ever since Apple introduced iOS 6 – their next generation mobile operating system, which includes the new Passbook app to collect stuff like boarding passes, movie tickets, shopping cards etc. that you’d normally keep in your pocket or wallet, it has been speculated that Apple’s next generation iPhone could come with NFC technology, which could turn it into a digital wallet.

Yesterday, a photo of the purported next generation iPhone’s front assembly revealed a new component. It was speculated that the square component covered by EMI shielding could be the NFC chip as the dimensions matched NFC packages like NXP’s 5 millimeter-by-5 millimeter solution.

AnandTech who has just published a detailed analysis of likely features coming to the next generation iPhone, in which they have explained why NFC is unlikely to make it to iPhone 5’s feature list:

Given the primarily metal backside of the new iPhone, it’s highly unlikely that NFC is in the cards for this generation. In fact, given the very little space at top and bottom dedicated to those glass RF windows, you can almost entirely rule it out.

Jim Dalrymple of The Loop – a well-known Apple blogger, who has an immaculate record when it comes to Apple related rumors has also confirmed it with his typical “Yes”.