Apple marketing head Phil Schiller explains why iPhone 5 has no NFC or wireless charging, but a new connector

The Apple iPhone 5 is here and it brings little surprises except for a possibly much more capable processor than expected. And that’s not a small thing, but with all the leaks many hoped…
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45. Stoli89

Posts: 333; Member since: Jun 28, 2010

Apple's ignoring the benefits Nokia is delivering with its accessories. For instance, the JBL sleakers have BOTH NFC and Wireless charging built in. The wireless charging is based on the universal Qi standard. Yes, Apple, you do have to plug in the speakers. Duh.

5. rainyday

Posts: 44; Member since: Sep 04, 2012

The new iphone connector goes both ways? Wireless charging go no ways! That's better than both ways

7. Mutoid

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 12, 2012

You know what would have been better than inventing a new connector? JUST ADOPTING MICRO USB LIKE EVERYONE ELSE.

11. som

Posts: 768; Member since: Nov 10, 2009

Apple didn't use micro USB because Apple will lose sale on Cable Division profit of $100 millions a year. Greedy Apple still sold a lot cables and iPhones for kindness Apple lovers.

14. testman22

Posts: 339; Member since: Nov 03, 2009

If they put NFC in this they'd have no incremental change to make when they release the iPhone 5s

17. timtimity

Posts: 196; Member since: Aug 13, 2012

If they genuinely believe that there's not a valid reason for wireless charging then fair enough, but I feel they'll be backtracking on that next year with the next iPhone which comes with some revolutionary way of charging wirelessly easier than competitors. I'm not against Apple, I'd just like them to be honest. If they didn't have time to put it in or they thought it wasn't worth it then just say so.

18. toystore

Posts: 17; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

They keep it for Iphone 5s ......

19. 1ceTr0n

Posts: 549; Member since: May 20, 2012

What the hell is the difference between Bluetooth and this new NFC stuff?

22. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

that's fcking stupid. then why the fck patent a NFC file then dumb a$$ fruit? I'd rather use NFC wireless payments or charging. jeeze looks like Apple just one little step from technology

24. MorePhonesThanNeeded

Posts: 645; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

All I hear is ca-ching, means that Apple has iPhone 5S or something already built and waiting with NFC and anything that is missing from this iteration. Watch and see, it's how the iPhone has been marketed since introduction, watch the throngs clamor to own the next version. NFC won't be big unless Apple says it is. So nothing to see here, move along...smh.

27. tbacba

Posts: 134; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

I found this comment interesting "it’s not clear that NFC is the solution to any current problem". That was not Steve Jobs mindset when Apple brought out the iPad -- no one thought they needed another device but Apple created the market. The big difference is being innovative rather than reactive to "current problems". Then again, it could be that Mr. Shiller is not interested in NFC simply because Apple didn't have it first.

28. goesoer

Posts: 15; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

NFC and wireless charging, who care? people will stay paying with their card,, wireless charging = charging on a docking charger,

31. davenycept

Posts: 200; Member since: Jul 03, 2012

What's the best way to render someone or something irrelevant? Don't pay any attention to them..i have my gs3..im good

33. TheRetroReplay

Posts: 256; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

Translation: We're not putting NFC in our iPhone because we're so damn stubborn and high on our ego trip that we want people to conform to our way of thinking, which is to stay behind the curve and sail on the coat tails of our brand name.

36. Pdubb

Posts: 249; Member since: Aug 08, 2011

Isn't interesting when a company tries to explain why they did not include a feature. Like Nokia and the lack of a sd card slot and saying it would "defile" the device. Now Apple with its excuse. They have to be kidding right? or do they think we will just accept any half-@%%& reason they give us?

40. doejon

Posts: 411; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

its obvious, apple needs a "innovation" for the iphone 5s this will be NFC!!!! just like this time LTE!! but watch out apple samsung is about to attack just u did ur getting revange from samsung be ready!!!

41. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

well, i agree with him about wireless charger! wired-charger is still the best! but still need an NFC, but since apple dont even allow bluetooth file transfer its plausable! but still its a need to 1st world countries now! well as long as its works and can be gown easily.. its worthy!

46. Stoli89

Posts: 333; Member since: Jun 28, 2010

Apple set its target on thinness for the iPhone 5. Any tech that hurt this core objective was dumped. Wireless charging would not have helped in the thin spec tgt, so it was also dumped. The real question is if a super thin phone is very practical in terms of physical wear and tear and also ergonomic comfort. But these are secondary issues to the objective, which was to deliver a super thin product.

47. aakashram2001

Posts: 14; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

iphone 4s and iphone5 apart from size whats the difference i dont see anything ............................
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