iPhone 5 prototypes feature NFC

Macworld Australia Staff
26 June, 2012
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Apple’s iPhone 5 will include Near Field Communication (NFC) controllers according to a report into hardware code dumps from iPhone prototypes today.

NFC allows users to quickly share files and data between iOS devices and could play a key role in Apple’s newly announced PassBook application for iOS 6.

The report, from 9to5mac, states the iPhone 5 prototypes’ NFC controllers are connected directly with the Power Management Unit.

With a NFC aided PassBook app “Apple will be set to compete with Google Wallet and Microsoft’s similar service that unveiled last week,” the report said.

“Apple could tie in with a payment processor like Citibank’s PayPass system for credit card transactions – or it could become a payment processor of sorts with its hundreds of millions of credit cards already on file at iTunes.”

CTO of SITA, Jim Peters believes that Apple’s mentality to “make it really easy for the user” means NFC integrated smartphones are inevitable.

“This is going to happen. 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,” Peters said.

The prototypes, iPhone 5,1 and iPhone 5,2 codenamed “N41AP (5,1)” and “N42AP (5,2)” in PreEVT stage were announced by 9to5mac in May.

The report also believes that the sixth-generation iPhone will have a bigger, 1136-by-640 pixels per inch, display.



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