For some time now, we’ve been talking about the possibility that the iPhone 5 will arrive with support for NFC. While so far such talk has just been the stuff of rumors and speculation, Apple’s recent announcement of PassBook got us thinking about the possibility once again, as it seems like a prime candidate to take advantage of the technology. Now the team over at 9to5 Mac has delved into some Apple code, and uncovered what looks like evidence of just such an NFC controller in the iPhone 5 hardware.
Apparently it looks like Apple’s been working on two hardware models with NFC chips under the control of the phone’s power management system, and it’s likely we’ll see one of these two released as the iPhone 5.
Apple’s always been one to march to the beat of its own drum (Blu-ray, anyone?), but the addition of NFC support to the iPhone 5 could be part of a larger movement we’re seeing that may finally bring the technology to the forefront of the mobile market. Certainly Microsoft is playing a large role in this, bringing NFC to Windows Phone 8. Android continues to be hit-and-miss, but if MS and Apple manage to create large groups of NFC-equipped users, we finally might be at the start of the long-awaited NFC renaissance; once everybody has it, it stands to finally become useful.
Source: 9to5 Mac