iPhone 5 to launch without NFC say UK networks

Apple planning to launch its own NFC platform

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Apple looks set to reject NFC technology for the iPhone 5 according to sources from some of the UK's largest mobile phone networks.

The interesting reveal was made through a series of meetings between Apple and several UK operators. One source close to the meetings said, "The new iPhone will not have NFC, Apple told the operators it was concerned by the lack of a clear standard across the industry."

It seems the Cupertino company will instead work on its own NFC platform which would work in combination with iTunes. The technology is likely to be launched next year.

Near Field Communication, which will allow phone users to pay for products and services using their phone, has already been introduced to the smartphone arena after the Samsung Nexus S was officially unveiled late last year with a NFC chip built into the handset.

Android 2.3 which boasts support for NFC appears to show Google's view on the technology, and while some may be surprised that Apple look unlikely to follow suit in 2011, others will perhaps see it as Jobs and company simply wanting to do NFC in its own unique Apple way.

Link: Independent

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