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In a recent leaked photo of the iPhone 5’s components, an NFC (Near Field Communication) chip was spotted.
A photobucket user “meme_168” leaked the photos. The image reportedly shows an unassembled new iPhone.
The images also show that the device’s front-facing camera has been moved. It is now located above the earpiece. On the iPhone 4S, it was located on the side of the earpiece. In the location where the camera was once found is a new component that is believed to be an NFC chip.
Although there is nothing that on the snaps that say this is an NFC chip, it is consistent with the 5mm by 5mm square NFC chips available.
Do you think the iPhone 5 will sport an NFC chip? Give us your thoughts.
Previously, only a handful of phones came with NFC (Near Field Communication) such as the Google Nexus S. Now, Microsoft has recently unveiled the next version of Windows Phone, Windows Phone 8. With support for NFC, it comes with new software called Wallet that allows you to pay for things using your phone, find deals, and save card details.
Your card details are stored securely in the Wallet Hub by a PIN when verifying purchases. When paying for stuff, tap your phone on a till and it will be charged to your card. Information such as membership cards, loyalty cards, and frequent flier miles can also be saved.
NFC support on Windows Phone 8 also allows you to enjoy a feature called Tap + Send. This allows users to tap their phones, tablets, or anything with an NFC chip together to share apps, data, or files. This is similar to the Samsung Galaxy S3’s S Beam.
What do you make of the Windows Phone 8 Wallet? Give us your thoughts.
According to Orange, it will be increasing its selection of NFC-enabled handsets. It will be including more of these phones to its roster in a span of 12 months.
Currently, the network operator has a single NFC-capable handset in its roster. This is the Samsung Tocco Lite. However, the NFC chip-bearing Samsung Galaxy S2 has been announced to be landing in France. This suggests that the Samsung flagship’s NFC version will be landing in the UK as well.
Everything Everywhere’s Director of Mobile Payments & Ticketing, Jason Rees, said, “We’ll be seeing a number of new NFC-capable handsets by the end of the year, giving the contactless capability across the range”
“It will be offered in high end phones, as well as the mid and lower tier devices, and will be supported by all the operating systems you’d expect.
“Next year will be very healthy in terms of NFC-capable phones; if you imagine this year we were looking at launching maybe two or three, by Q3 2012 we aim to have tens of devices across the range.”
Is NFC the next big thing in mobile? It certainly looks this way. The search giant Google has launched it contactless payments service Google Wallet. The London 2012 Olympics will sport NFC services. Lastly, more and more NFC-enabled handsets are starting to pop up.
Do NFC-capable handsets and NFC-related features excite you? Let us know what you think.