Over the last few months, the iPhone 5 was rumored to possibly have Near-Field Communication (NFC) support on board. Now, a new report has seemingly shot that idea down.
According to a report from AnandTech, Apple’s iPhone 5 is likely not going to have NFC on board because the backside of the iPhone 5 is likely to be made of metal. And because the iPhone 5 is more than likely going to have glass at the top and bottom of the back of the design, there will be little to no space for the NFC chip.
And while this doesn’t rule NFC out completely for the iPhone 5, Jim Dalrymple from The Loop has chimed in saying “Yep” in regards to the analysis.
So, as of now, despite the leaks, it’s looking like Apple might exclude NFC support from the iPhone 5.
Previous rumors, including a rumor regarding current iPhone 5 prototypes, proclaimed that the iPhone 5 would indeed have NFC support on board to be used in conjunction with iOS 6′s new Passport feature, a feature that will serve as the iPhone users new digital wallet.
Most Android phones have an NFC chip on board for use with Google Wallet and upcoming Windows Phone 8 devices will likely have the feature on board as well.
iPhone 5 Features
Besides NFC, the iPhone 5 has been rumored to feature a number of different things including a new larger 4-inch display, an upgraded processor, an HD front-facing camera, 4G LTE data speeds, iOS 6, and more.
It’s also rumored to have a thinner design and a metal backing.
iPhone 5 Release Date
As for the iPhone 5 release date, the device is rumored to be launching on September 12th at a media event, likely in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Apple will apparently announce a September 21st release date at that event and we expect, if those dates are the real deal, iOS 6 to arrive somewhere in between there as well.