Report Says 2012 Will Finally Bring NFC Support to iPhones
Although Apple is believed to have seriously considered implementing Near Field Communications (NFC) technology in the iPhone 4S, the feature that would have allowed iPhone owners to execute iOS e-wallet transactions was reportedly shelved in mid-2011.
Still, despite Apple's past of putting NFC technology on the back-burner, it's an all but guaranteed part of the next iPhone's package of robust bells and whistles. That's according to a new report today from Digitimes.
"As Android, Symbian, BlackBerry and Bada have supported NFC functions and Microsoft and Apple plan to make Windows Phone and iOS support NFC in 2012," the report reads, "the proportion of NFC-enabled smartphones will quickly increase from less than 10% currently to over 50% in two to three years."
The insight into Apple's NFC plans comes from Digitimes' unnamed sources who add that the smartphone makers who have quickly adopted this technology are now providing a clear - and almost mandatory - direction for handset vendors and developers of applications to take in order "to move toward applications of NFC functions."
Reports and rumors aside, with Google wholly on-board with NFC and Microsoft planning to follow the lead, Apple has no choice but to run with NFC at some point soon. If not, its iPhone will run the risk of being seen as anything but the industry-standard in cutting-edge smartphone technology.