iPhone 5 May Get NFC Payments After All?

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001


    A Forbes blog by Elizabeth Woyke claims that despite recent rumors to the contrary, Near Field Communications (NFC) payment systems may indeed be coming to the iPhone 5.

    Woyke's sources include second hand information from an entrepreneur in the NFC industry.
    NFC manufacturers are also expecting the iPhone 5 will arrive with an NFC payment system.

    While we're sure that Apple engineers are working on the technology, this friend-of-a-friend report seems less credible than the Independent's report which claimed that Apple had informed international carriers that NFC was not coming to this year's iPhone revision. Apple is expected to launch the iPhone 5 this summer.

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  2. newdeal macrumors 68020

    Oct 21, 2009

    I would say a friend of a friend is actually more plausible than apple telling carriers anything about the iPhone 5 at all
  3. min_t macrumors regular

    May 13, 2004
    City by the City by the Bay
    which is it, does it have NFC or not. Just the other day, we were told it didn't have NFC. :rolleyes:
  4. DecentFreeApp, Mar 17, 2011
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    DecentFreeApp macrumors newbie

    Mar 17, 2011
    It is easy decision for Apple, just like the In App Purchase, they will make some commission along the way somehow.
  5. drewyboy macrumors 65816

    Jan 27, 2005
    Yeah right, since when does apple tell carriers 4 Months in advance what technology it's next phone is going to have. And since NFC requires their cooperation, oh wait... Carriers have absolutely no need to know about this. I say bull on all of it. No one knows outside apple.
  6. wordoflife macrumors 604


    Jul 6, 2009
    Meh. I wouldn't use it, but it sounds really neat.
  7. drewyboy macrumors 65816

    Jan 27, 2005
    Next time put something rather than just a placeholder. It's no better than being a website name squatter, and nobody likes those kind of people.
  8. NinjaHERO macrumors 6502a


    Aug 29, 2008
    U S of A
    I wonder if this is going to be like watching a tennis match until the phone comes out? It has it, it doesn't, it does, it doesn't. :D
  9. Reach9 macrumors 68020


    Aug 17, 2010
    In America
    Completely, agree. The iPhone 5 will be an amazing upgrade.
  10. shazzam macrumors regular

    Apr 19, 2010
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    Is it the point of NFC to get rid if the cards I'm carrying around? That sounds very Apple like.
  11. macse30 macrumors regular


    Jul 30, 2009
    I imagine the hardware is straightforward and the software might be there or follow later.
  12. mKizzo macrumors member

    Oct 17, 2008
    As far as I'm concerned, I got no complaints with iPhone4. They could leave it another year and still be ahead of the competition. So whatever they add this time round is going to be a bonus... Same external design, with dual core and more storage feels right to me.
  13. ozred macrumors 6502

    Feb 19, 2011
    Oh crap! One more excuse to not create a proper antenna for clear phone calls. If past history is an indicator, this should also give Apple a way to justify the tiny display.
  14. beebler macrumors regular

    Oct 2, 2009
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    I hope they do put NFC in it. It's not used much yet in the US but is used in varying ways in other countries, countries where there are Android phones with NFC. It's not just about credit cards, folks.
  15. backinblack875 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 23, 2010
  16. apeman88 macrumors newbie

    Oct 19, 2004
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    NFC or LTE. The industry is really speeding up. Just iOS 5, A5, and 64gb in June would not be staying far enuf ahead of the pack.

    We will see NFc or 4g or hopefully both!
  17. Kwill macrumors 68000


    Mar 10, 2003
    But Apple is already advertising it (sort of) in its new commercial.
  18. Reach9 macrumors 68020


    Aug 17, 2010
    In America
    You're kidding right? in some major aspects iOS wise, and hardware wise iPhone 4 is completely behind.
  19. iCrizzo macrumors regular


    Aug 4, 2010
    Burlington, VT
    At least they used the Giants in the pic! Lincecum FTW!! :apple: :D
  20. kuwisdelu macrumors 65816

    Jan 13, 2008
    Maybe the iPhone 5 will be the first smartphone to incorporate quantum computing and it'll be in a superposition of both having and not having NFC.
  21. Thex1138 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 17, 2009
    Sydney, Australia
  22. buckers macrumors 6502

    Aug 18, 2010
    Anglesey, UK
    Tiny?? Sure, the screen isn't quite as big as some rivals, but definitely not too small. I just upgraded from an N95 which has a 2.6" screen and my iPhone's 3.5" screen is a distinct improvement! :rolleyes:
  23. 7o7munoz7o7 macrumors regular


    Jun 30, 2010
    Bay Area
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    This should really be page two....who cares if NFC is on the phone or not. I'm sure if a credit card that has no power. No weight. No thickness. Can have a form of this then it's nothing to put it in a phone...tape your damn credit card to the back of your phone and your iPhone 1st-4th gen can have the same tech!!!!
  24. louis Fashion macrumors 6502a

    louis Fashion

    Jan 22, 2010
    Arizona, USA
    just skimming along

    As long as you can turn it off when you see the slickie boyz at the local Starbuxs playing with a black box while you are swiping your phone.
  25. ciTiger macrumors 6502a


    Jan 25, 2011
    Portugal (Porto)
    I agree with the guy that said friend of a friend is more reliable lol :D

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