Has there been any hardware leaked that shows possible NFC?

brinycbri

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I would think that with all the hardware that has been leaked, one could see or hypothesize that the new iphone would have NFC. But NFC has been a pure rumor. Or am I wrong? Thanks
 

beamer8912

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I would think that with all the hardware that has been leaked, one could see or hypothesize that the new iphone would have NFC. But NFC has been a pure rumor. Or am I wrong? Thanks
I'm pretty curious about this myself. With Passbook in the next iOS, NFC seems like a must. But alas, it hasn't been the focus of many rumors.
 

TSX

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I say no, because the iPhone 5 is last years prototype and with the leaks of the motherboard no ones noticed anything new on it. Unless apples comes up with it or it's an industry standard I don't see it coming, kinda like no blu ray on the macs.
 
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b166er

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This isn't an opinion, it's a yes or no question. And the answer is no.

There is a software hint in iOS 6 (passbook) and the two toned back of the leaked design has a lot of people thinking it is for NFC. But there have been no actual leaks that imply NFC. Personally, I think the two tone back is just a (poor) aesthetic choice. You don't have to do such a thing to carry NFC on a device, for example: every device that uses NFC currently.
 

Gjwilly

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Personally, I think the two tone back is just a (poor) aesthetic choice. You don't have to do such a thing to carry NFC on a device, for example: every device that uses NFC currently.
Which means that it likely has nothing to do with NFC.
And it's likely not just aesthetics either.
It's just a clean and simple way to achieve an essentially metal unibody phone without hindering radio/signal transmission.
Yes, they could have tried color matching the plastic and the metal but it would never be a true match and people would still be complaining.
 

JayLenochiniMac

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To put it into perspective, the iPhone 3G was nothing more than a case redesign along with 3G and A-GPS.

No reason why Apple isn't doing the same with the new iPhone (case redesign and LTE) and saving the juicy stuff for next year's refresh, which will retain the two tone design. They rarely put all their eggs in one basket.
 

mattopotamus

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just to mimic what others said, I think they will hold out on NFC until the "5S". They will get enough people to upgrade to the 5 with just LTE and a longer screen. If they want people to jump to the 5S, NFC will be the 4S's Siri
 

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If you look at the history...

iPhone 4 - FaceTime

iPhone 4S - FaceTime with cellular

iPhone 5 - FaceTime HD

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Think it will be similar for NFC...

iPhone 5 - Passbook

iPhone 6 - NFC
 

mattopotamus

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If you look at the history...

iPhone 4 - FaceTime

iPhone 4S - FaceTime with cellular

iPhone 5 - FaceTime HD

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Think it will be similar for NFC...

iPhone 5 - Passbook

iPhone 6 - NFC
that is the weirdest analogy and totally skips the "5S". some of the features you listed are phone specific others depend on the OS. Siri is a better comparision b.c it is phone specific.

4 - no siri
4S - Siri

5- no NFC
5S- NFC
 

irDigital0l

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that is the weirdest analogy and totally skips the "5S". some of the features you listed are phone specific others depend on the OS. Siri is a better comparision b.c it is phone specific.

4 - no siri
4S - Siri

5- no NFC
5S- NFC
Siri is actually OS not hardware

Passbook is OS, NFC is hardware
 

mattopotamus

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Siri is actually OS not hardware

Passbook is OS, NFC is hardware
really? I thought Siri was not available on the iphone4 running the same OS as the 4S....not really a hardware feature, but phone model restricted. Facetime on celluar is not only for the 4S is it? If so, my mistake...if not, then what i said makes sense in relation to the feature being available on certain phone models.
 

irDigital0l

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really? I thought Siri was not available on the iphone4 running the same OS as the 4S....not really a hardware feature, but phone model restricted. Facetime on celluar is not only for the 4S is it? If so, my mistake...if not, then what i said makes sense in relation to the feature being available on certain phone models.
Apple originally tested Siri on the iPhone 4. I'm not sure if the iPhone 4S has an improved mic or what, but if so then yea it might have been hardware, but I doubt it.

As for FaceTime over cellular, its for iPhone 4S/iPad 3 and newer.
 

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I for one am totally for No Fat Chicks on the iPhone.

I know thats not everyone's opinion, but they just don't do it for me.

As for the Near Field Communications, I'm extremely leery on this. With reading about how much easier it is to steal the data as compared to credit cards, I don't see much good as compared to using credit cards.
 

irDigital0l

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I for one am totally for No Fat Chicks on the iPhone.

I know thats not everyone's opinion, but they just don't do it for me.

As for the Near Field Communications, I'm extremely leery on this. With reading about how much easier it is to steal the data as compared to credit cards, I don't see much good as compared to using credit cards.
Yea for Android phones...

Google seems to be trying to solve this issue by creating a committee of the top credit card companies and services to try to get a standard.

Funny thing is that Square and Apple chose not to join.

But I agree, I just don't see NFC being matured enough yet, I was reading an article on Times about NFC and half of the time it doesn't even work, employees don't know how it works, the machines somtimes work work, customers don't even know about it, hackers can steal info, its only used in a few countries and thats not even in most major cities, etc.

Overall, I think its wise for Apple to get its head into pre NFC with Passbook.
 

kdarling

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But I agree, I just don't see NFC being matured enough yet, I was reading an article on Times about NFC and half of the time it doesn't even work, employees don't know how it works, the machines somtimes work work, customers don't even know about it, hackers can steal info, its only used in a few countries and thats not even in most major cities, etc.
Got a link to that article? Thanks!

My married kids in Florida use NFC all the time. Gas, fast food, Home Depot, pharmacy, etc. They love it.
 

irDigital0l

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Got a link to that article? Thanks!

My married kids in Florida use NFC all the time. Gas, fast food, Home Depot, pharmacy, etc. They love it.
I have the print edition and it just happens that the latest one was about tech.

Searched TIME's website and it just gives you a measly preview so let me just summarize it from my print.

Basically the article was taking about Google Wallet through a field test, how they tried it at a bunch of places to see if it works.

-Home Depot, they tried to buy a plastic chair using Google Wallet but the NFC machine was broken

-San Francisco Giants Game, he couldn't get his Google Wallet to work

-Jamba Juice: Google Wallet app crashes, cashier doesn't know how the actual machine works turns out

-Gas station: Everything works expect that you still have to go into the gas station to pay with NFC, you might as well just use cash then

-Food cart: The guy says Pay with Square is popular with his customers but he still has a large jar full of tips

-Radioshack and a liquor store managed to work fine though. lol
 
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