Contrary to what we heard just yesterday, Apple’s next-generation iPhone is not expected to include near-field communication technology, or NFC, when it launches next month. Due to the aluminum unibody chassis that the new iPhone is expected to have, AnandTech claims that NFC on the handset is “highly unlikely” for this generation.
Given the primarily metal backside of the new iPhone, it’s highly unlikely that NFC is in the cards for this generation. In fact, given the very little space at top and bottom dedicated to those glass RF windows, you can almost entirely rule it out.
Well-known Apple pundit Jim Dalrymple of The Loop has confirmed the report with a simple “yep,” giving the rumor much more credibility considering his position in the industry. Apple is expected to launch its sixth-generation iPhone at a special media event on September 12th, with in-store availability beginning September 21st.