updated 07:10 am EDT, Mon March 14, 2011
Lack of unified standard cited
Apple has reportedly told UK carriers that the its next-generation iPhone will not include Near Field Communication (NFC). It has been known for some time that Apple is interested in the technology and may plan to incorporate NFC into its devices at some point. However, according report by The Independent, it won't be incorporated into the iPhone 5 as Apple is concerned by a lack of a clear industry standard for the technology.
One area that Apple has staked its reputation on is the ability of its devices to "just work." Having NFC embedded in a device is only half of the equation. For such a system to work properly, it is important that any NFC-equipped device at point-of-sale is compatible with whatever version of the technology Apple may employ.
Apple has previously filed a patent for using NFC payments linked to a user's iTunes account in order to complete transactions negating the need for a user to pull out a credit card. Recent rumors had suggested that Apple might incorporate NFC into the iPad 2 as well, although this obviously did not come to fruition.
Based on reports from Apple's talks with UK carriers, it seems more likely that Apple will introduce NFC technology in 2012 when more consistent NFC protocols emerge in the marketplace. [via 9TO5Mac]