Code obtained from alleged Pre-EVT (Engineering Verification Testing) iPhone 5,1 and iPhone 5,2 prototypes, has led 9to5Mac to believe that an NFC chip and antenna will be part of the hardware found in the iPhone 5.
If this is true, the iPhone 5 will be capable of mobile payments, which allows smartphone users to buy goods and services directly through their smartphone.
The latest rumours come after Apple launched Passbook, an iOS6 feature that allows people to save electronic versions of receipts, tickets, boarding passes, and other information from stores.
Jim Peters, chief technology officer of air transport technology company, SITA, commented on the possibility of NFC in the iPhone 5 saying, “There is a lot of debate that NFC will never take off because of all the arguments, but you need to get ready, this is coming. This is going to happen.”
He continued, “By the end of the year the majority of smartphones that you go and buy will have NFC on them. If in October the next iPhone comes out and it has NFC on it, it’s game over.”
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