Rumor: iPhone 5 May Launch With Integrated NFC Chip

According to a report from The Independent, Apple‘s next-generation iPhone will not include the mobile payment technology known as near-field communication (NFC). Forbes tech reporter Elizabeth Woyke have also indicated the same thing in his recent tweet.

According to Frobes:

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. 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.

In January, Bloomberg said that Apple would launch a system for making retail purchases directly from iPhones and iPads later this year. The following month, the iPad 2 rumor mill included reports that Apple was developing accessories to communicate with NFC chips via the iPad, though that did not come to pass.

Apple competitors like Research in Motion and Google are not as hesitant when it comes to NFC. At this year’s Mobile World Congress, RIM co-CEO Jim Balsillie said that the majority of new BlackBerry devices this year will include NFC. That same week, Deutsche Telekom, the parent company of T-Mobile, announced an NFC service known as “mobile wallet,” which will roll out in Europe this year and in the U.S. and beyond next year.

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