Apple Not Expected to Put NFC Chip in iPhone 4S
For months, we've heard rumblings about Near Field Communications (NFC) technology coming to the next generation iPhone, a development that would turn the Apple handset into a veritable e-wallet capable of executing mobile financial transactions wherever such technology is used by retailers at the point of sale.
And with fewer big bells and whistles anticipated this time around, it seems the smartest thing Apple could do with its fifth generation handset (which may be called the iPhone 4S) would be to groom the product for the future of mobile technology, which is clearly tied to NFC. That's exactly why so many analysts remained confident that this technology was destined for the next iPhone model.
Once again, however, we're hearing that this simply isn't going to happen at this time. And given how rapidly we're approaching the next-gen iPhone launch (either early summer or late summer), it's a safe bet that we would have some degree of evidence by now if NFC technology was really going to be part of the new iPhone.
On Monday, Wall Street research firm Bernstein released commentary to investors effectively confirming (from its sources) that the new iPhone will be released sans the long-awaited, much anticipated NFC chip. Bloomberg was first to report the news, which all but confirms that mobile payment support through NFC won't be calling Apple home any time soon.
Source: Business Insider