Apple wants NFC, but not for the iPhone 5

The Internet is all abuzz with talks of near-field communication (NFC) chips in mobile phones and the newest and (and thinnest!) forms of payment.

Apple is particularly interested in NFC with rumors stating the company may equip the upcoming iPhone 5 with such capabilities. New reports show the interest is still there, but it’s unclear which phone will utilize the technology.

Forbes magazine reported Apple plans to bring NFC to iPhone 5, but a separate report last week claimed that Apple had indeed abandoned the plans citing “the lack of a clear standard.” 

Today, The New York Times reported Apple has a definite interest in NFC tech, although the iPhone 5 may not be NFC-enabled.

The author of the article, Nick Bilton, said Apple does indeed plan to integrate NFC but “it is unclear” which handset it will appear in.

“One person familiar with the new Apple feature said the phone’s credit card information would be tied to information currently used on iTunes, which would make it simple for customers to set up the new mobile payment method on the iPhone,” the report claimed.

Although the technology is highly anticipated in various tech circles, products like Google’s Nexus S have failed to garner mainstream excitement over the feature.

Of course, only time will tell if the feature is included in the iPhone 5 or not.

(Via Apple Insider