Apple and NFC
With more of the industry’s big players showing their full support of NFC, including TfL accepting NFC payments from 2012 and Paypal’s recent unveiling of Android-Android payments, the technology seems to be growing more popular by the day.
But what about Apple?
There’s no denying that Apple is a key player in the industry, with many iPhone and iPad owners incredibly loyal to the brand. There have been rumours circulating over the last year on whether Apple will introduce NFC to it’s next generation of iPhones and iPads. Some have claimed that Apple’s next phone, the iPhone 5, will include the technology but insiders at Apple were quick to squash this rumour. However, only weeks later talk of an NFC iPhone picked up again. Generally speaking, the guys at Apple have kept pretty schtum about their NFC plans, and if they are going to showcase the technology on the iPhone5, we probably won’t know for sure until it’s release date (likely to be September/ October 2011).
But can Apple afford not to include NFC technology? One of Apple’s strengths is that they offer groundbreaking firsts with their products. When a technology has so much support from competitors, is it likely that Apple will pass it by?
NFC rumours have released a great infographic on the subject, which you can have a look at here.
Maybe NFC won’t be in the iPhone 5. Apple like to be first at things and Google pipped them to the post on this one (followed closely by Nokia). Now that Apple won’t be the first to showcase the technology, perhaps they have decided to hold back, planning even bigger things with it. I’m pretty certain it will appear in iphones over the next few years but for the moment we’re being kept in suspense.