Just a few hours ago, I summarized all of the rumored features that the so-called iPhone 5S is expected to have. One of them is support for NFC, or Near Field Communication, which is something that we briefly heard about that last December from analyst Peter Misek.
As I previously stated, it would make sense for Apple to implement NFC connectivity in the next-generation iPhone, because of both its Passbook app and simply because competing devices — namely the Galaxy S4 — already have said capability.
At the same time, Apple is notorious for avoiding certain technologies. As you probably know, the Cupertino-based corporation has always been an avid pessimist against Adobe Flash. Not a single iOS device comes with native Flash support, and third-party solutions are mediocre at best. And, going back many years, Apple was also notorious for ditching the floppy disk in favor of this new standard called USB. So, when you think about NFC potentially coming to the iPhone, the chances might not actually be all that high.
This is what Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller had to say about the lack of NFC in the iPhone 5, shortly following its release in late September:
“It’s not clear that NFC is the solution to any current problem, Schiller said. “Passbook does the kinds of things customers need today.”
At this point, there is no concrete evidence that points to an NFC-capable iPhone. Analysts like Peter Misek, who recently predicted an Apple event in March that failed to materialize, tend to have a mixed track record when it comes to rumors surrounding the corporation. Unless a highly-connected source such as Mark Gurman, Matthew Panzarino, Rene Ritchie or Jim Dalrymple has something to say on the matter, NFC in the iPhone 5S remains anyone’s guess.