Back in January of this year, rumors were swirling about the possibility of Near Field Communications (NFC) technology being a part of the iPhone 5.

It’s been assumed that Apple will use the technology to allow its users to make mobile transactions, a wallet replacement of sorts that eliminates the need to carry around physical credit cards.

Now it seems like those rumors may have been a bit premature, as Apple dismisses the idea of NFC appearing in its next iPhone…

As we mentioned in our previous rumor article earlier this year, Apple would face an uphill battle with NFC due to the lack of a clear standard, and the fact that many of the world’s retailers may be hesitant about adopting the new technology.

A source mentioned in an article that recently appeared in The Independent had this to say: “The new iPhone will not have NFC, Apple told the operators it was concerned by the lack of a clear standard across the industry.”

That’s not to say that Apple will never adopt the technology, as previous hiring patterns and patent applications show that they are clearly interested in NFC.

Are you disappointed about the rumored lack of NFC in Apple’s next iPhone?


  • Owen

    I was really looking forward to this feature. I was going to use the NFC to be able to sign into college. We cannot use printers and access areas without our access cards which have NFC technology. I regularly forget my card, meaning i’d have been able to use my phone, which i never forget.

    • Rjpalen

      Pretend you have NFC…. Take your card and put it in your case wit your iPhone lol

  • Noisebag

    Im glad there holding off with this, idont need and dont want nfc on my iPhone.
    That crap is to fragile for hackers.
    The only reason company’s are starting to add this to electronics is that governments want to get rid of cash money so that all money is digital and “fake” so that they have total control over all people.

    • Agreed. I don’t trust the safety of NFC (or RFID chip technology, for that matter), and I don’t trust what my federal government, or ANY federal government, would do with information obtained by NFC and RFID technologies. I’m not even thrilled with “Location Services” in some iPhone apps, but do allow SOME (not all) apps to use them if I think the benefits outweigh the possible risks to my privacy.

    • DarkReaper

      It’s not the Internet! How are they even able to touch our money! If Google sees something in this technology, means there’s something good about it.

    • QBert

      Ridiculous. Utterly ludicrous.

      • Noisebag

        Why is that so ridiculous? What is so ridiculous about questioning the reasons and safety aspects off matters that are very privet?
        With not even thinking about the fact that i dont like and are against all the digitalized paying that they are applying on our lives.
        I dont need a fully listed payment and locational database that can get misused! Hackers, government, id thefts and all other things can be a treat to your personal data!

  • Eh every time Apple does something new, Steve says beforehand of how it’s useless and will never catch on. If anything this hints at a still lingering possibility. I’m sure they’re hesitant because of the lack of standardization.