Earlier this week we spoke about the idea of the next generation iPhone featuring exciting features such as wireless charging, but now we have some interesting details regarding another feature which is top of Apple fan’s wishlists – NFC support for iOS devices.
As most of you will be aware, the iPhone 4 or its successor the iPhone 4S does not support NFC or Near Field Communication technology and it is an issue which many consumers would like to see rectified by the time the next iPhone arrives, which could be at the end of 2012.
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A number of Android devices already tout NFC support, the most recent of which is the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. NFC support is seen as the next big step in eliminating the need for physical purchases, as support from leading credit card companies mean that consumers can complete transactions with the simple swipe of a barcode using their handset, providing they have enough ‘credit’ with a selected card company.
An example of one company which already ultilizes NFC payments is MasterCard and we have some interesting comments to share with you now, as it has been noted that MasterCard would like Apple to include NFC support in their next iPhone, in order to make their PayPass service much more accessible to consumers.
Here’s a quote from Ed McLaughlin, head of emerging payments at Mastercard from an interview with FastCompany. He was asked if Apple were on the list to support PassPass via NFC in their next iPhone and he said:
“Well, anytime someone with a major base moves forward, it advances what you’re doing. So of course.”
An additional report from 9to5Mac also claims that Apple will be using NFC in the iPhone 5, but don’t forget it doesn’t rule out the possibility of Apple opting to form their own card-less payments system and completely overlook existing services from Mastercard and Visa.
Is NFC a vital feature for you in the next iPhone, or are you yet to jump on the NFC craze that is already present on Android devices?