Apple Exec Explains Lack of NFC And Wireless Charging on iPhone 5
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Contrary to many who tried to anticipate or wished for NFC and wireless charging, the iPhone 5 has none of those. It has a new connector but not near field communication, which, according to Apple Senior Vice President Phil Schiller, was not even planned for. According to Schiller, Apple’s Passbook application does most of the things users want and does it “without existing merchant payment systems”.
As far as wireless charging is concerned, Schiller believes that it is a device which still needs to be plugged in (the charger) and connected with a cable. Opposed to this, the classic USB cable can be plugged into the wall charger, computer and even used to charge the phone on an airplane. “Having to create another device you have to plug into the wall is actually, for most situations, more complicated”, he added.
Circling back to the new dock connector, Schiller said that it was a natural step in the evolution of the iPhone, helping Apple create light and thin products. This connector is here to stay “for many years to come”.