New iPhone is not likely to feature NFC: here's why
0. phoneArena 28 Aug 2012, 08:47 posted on
We might have heard countless rumors about the upcoming sixth-generation iPhone from Apple, but while they all agree on some things like the larger, 4-inch screen, newer 32nm chip…
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36. PotDragon (banned) (Posts: 214; Member since: 22 Jul 2011)
We all saw that "survey" a few days ago claiming 4G not that important to "a majority" of users.
When the next iPhone is not 4g on both GSM & CDMA systems, watch how often that "pre fact" is quoted.
41. Savage (unregistered)
Ummmm, Yeah. Say the people who have never used 4G. Once we are used to faster speeds, going back to 3G will be a nightmare. Plus the New iPad has LTE. Why shouldn't the new iPhone?
26. gallitoking (Posts: 4720; Member since: 17 May 2011)
I ask here in the office 20 people aprox. all Android users and not one uses NFC, so I don't see the big deal yet...
29. JessJess (unregistered)
It's a big deal because its not on an iPhone yet but its on Android phones.... that's it. If the situation was reversed, people would be defending why its /not/ on Android phones calling it useless.... (sad but true).
Apple are getting things in place (they just got a patent awarded recently) to put NFC on their phones, and more importantly, give it a purpose for being there for most people. At least that is my hope, otherwise its just another useless feature. There is virtually nothing I can do with NFC here, unless someone else I know has an NFC phone.
40. PotDragon (banned) (Posts: 214; Member since: 22 Jul 2011)
When "20 people around the office" see you coming, do they all think " here comes that loser to ask about my phones operating system"?
Or just most of them?
53. jroc74 (Posts: 6014; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
It already has a purpose cuz ppl are using NFC as we speak. You really think it takes Apple to do something for it to be useful?
NFC is used for more than communicating with another phone. There's payment systems. Ppl are using it for that now.
58. JessJess (unregistered)
I already am talking about the payment system btw. That is only available by region. There is no where *here* I can pay for things with NFC.
And no it does not take Apple to do something "useful" but I believe that Apple have the ability to sway adoption.
31. aokde (Posts: 186; Member since: 09 Jul 2012)
SONY has figured a way to make NFC usable right away when you unbox your XPERIA:http://youtu.be/LfkFgtoQtFQ
32. JessJess (unregistered)
That's pretty cool :) I like it.
37. doejon (Posts: 398; Member since: 31 Jul 2012)
lol paymentsystem in germany for example will offer to pay with nfc
every phone will have nfc except iphone.. than in october 2013 apple will announce the iphone 5s with nfc hahahah
46. kingpet13 (Posts: 139; Member since: 02 Feb 2012)
Those 20 people might not use it, but all the people with Google wallet do. I personally use it to send pictures to my sister quicker.
51. jroc74 (Posts: 6014; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
And I know of at least 2 ppl who finds it useful.
So whats the point of your 20 ppl survey? Ask those same 20 ppl do they use banking apps on their phones.Would you think banking apps are useless if they didnt use it? Ask them do they buy things online. Would you think shopping online is useless if they dont do it?
We all dont use our phones the same or do the same things. Its useful for ppl that have a use for it. Thats with anything...
27. speckledapple (Posts: 892; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)
Mark my words. if all Apple has to show for its iPhone upgrade is a larger screen (with higher resolution I might suggest), thinner profile, and LTE, and a few SIri upgrades, it will be a disappointment to those who felt the 4S was not much of a bump. This will levy largely against them if thats the case.
48. Pdubb (Posts: 248; Member since: 08 Aug 2011)
They did add the new maps into the new iOS as well not sure about the other additions.
61. rallyguy (Posts: 620; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)
They had to because it doesn't have Google Maps.
34. MattAdorno (Posts: 19; Member since: 24 Jul 2012)
I doubt that most people who have phones with NFC actually use it. (Yes, I get that a lot of people still do/would want to use it).
I think NFC is nice feature to have, but not an essential one at this point.
35. Gsmalltheway (Posts: 174; Member since: 15 Aug 2009)
I really dont think it will be called the iPhone 5. The 4s was actually the fifth generation iphone. They willl probably just call it the "New iPhone" or the iphone 6
38. PotDragon (banned) (Posts: 214; Member since: 22 Jul 2011)
It makes me laugh how often the rumors are floated for a handset for which they don't even have the correct name. No chance it is called an iPhone5. None.
39. Gsmalltheway (Posts: 174; Member since: 15 Aug 2009)
Yeah i am an Andorid guy but i do give apple that they can count lol
44. Castanedaa99 (Posts: 28; Member since: 07 Nov 2011)
People need to get over the fact that it doesn't include NFC...big deal. Just another reason for lazy people not to reach into their pockets and pull their wallets out.
52. jroc74 (Posts: 6014; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
They might still have to reach in their pockets to pull their phones out...
The logic is amazing...
Maybe....just maybe....ppl use NFC for convenience. Like Speed Pass. Or Smart Trip cards, or credit cards, or...[insert convenient item here].
47. Qvergnugen (Posts: 6; Member since: 21 Feb 2012)
I thought Apple was granted a patent in 2011 for incorporating an NFC antenna in the display screen.
57. rallyguy (Posts: 620; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)
This patent thing is absurd. How can you patent the location where you put a chip? Is Apple forever banned from having a removable battery? If they did, tne they would be "copying" someone else. This patent crap has to stop.
You shouldn't be able to patent "round corners" and "a clear screen" with a display under it. Common!!!
64. akbar (Posts: 62; Member since: 09 Feb 2012)
It's a little bit of shame that AnandTech has better rummour analysis than phonearena. But wait, they actually write meaningful articles, and not printing any brain-fart which appeared on the internet and than add "What do you think" at the end.