On Monday, Matt reported that the latest buzz in the world of mobile is that Apple's 5th generation iPhone may not come with Near Field Communication (NFC) technology as initially anticipated. NFC makes mobile payments possible by allowing smartphone users to shop and pay at retail locations using their handset alone and not cash or plastic.
Late Thursday evening, Forbes blogger Elizabeth Woyke countered the rumors that first surfaced in a report from The Independent. As some will recall, The Independent reported that Apple had begun notifying mobile operators in the UK (where NFC and mobile payments are all the rage) that the iPhone 5 would debut sans NFC. As it turns out, the news came as quite a surprise to Forbes and others in the tech reporting sphere.
From what I hear, it is possible the iPhone 5 will include NFC. 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.
As my colleague Paul pointed out this morning, there's another strong piece of evidence suggesting NFC will find a home in the next-gen iDevice line. We keep hearing that Apple is tinkering with a system that enables users to access and log into a computer using nothing more than an NFC-enabled iPhone. According various published reports, including a recent headline from our friends at Cult of Mac, "the iPhone pairs with the host machine, and loads the userís files and settings over the net. Itís as though the user is sitting at their own machine at home."
Without question, the addition of NFC technology on the iPhone 5 and a new remote computing system would truly be an evolutionary step - even for Apple.
Sources: Forbes, The Independent, Cult of Mac