Here we go again, just like last year, when we were only hours from the iPhone announcement and BGR famously claimed that Sprint would receive an “exclusive” on the iPhone 5 and that it would features WiMax 4G, how did that turn out?
So why should this year be any different, after what feels like weeks of on again, off again discussions about the new iPhone and whether or not it’ll feature NFC, we all thought that the rumor had been squashed. Even The Loop’s Jim Dalrymple said it was a no go. But that apparently hasn’t stopped a new rumor from cropping up.
Apple Dev, @Chronic aka Will Strafach, claims that while Apple may not use the NFC technology for mobile payments, the new iPhone may still have the functionality built in to it. Strafach claims that in the lastest iPhone model, dubbed N42AP, which is a CDMA model, NFC was present during the EVP testing phase. He also believes that the other model number N41AP, which we’ve seen floating around, is a GSM model and that it too will feature NFC.
Strafach goes on to stress that NFC technology goes way beyond just “mobile payments.” He is right too, NFC can be used for several other reasons, like file sharing, downloading of files, and more.
Will we see it in the new iPhone 5? In about three hours we’ll know for sure.
Source: Apple Insider