Apple’s next-generation iPhone, widely expected to be launched at Apple’s media event on Thursday, will not include an NFC chip or Authentic’s fingerprint scanner, according to reports.
New images purporting to be of the iPhone 5, posted on SonnyDickson.com, seem to reveal the next-generation Apple smartphone will not feature the internal components for NFC (Near-Field Communication) or fingerprint scanning.
Apple repair website mendmyi’s Riki Baker concluded “there is indeed no NFC chip or fingerprint scanner included in what appears to be the complete front assembly”.
If real, the images contradict previous reports that the iPhone will feature NFC capabilities to aid the new Passbook app in iOS 6. Leaked images from Apple.pro last month lead to reports that the square chip at the top of the device could be for NFC, however Sonny Dickson’s images now show it will house the earpiece speaker.
Apple is expected to launch the sixth-generation iPhone next week alongside iOS 6.