A new analysis of some of leaked components that were apparently destined for the iPhone 5 is suggesting that the new iPhone does not have near field communications, or NFC, capability. Close examination by AnandTech of some purported iPhone 5 components, such as the front panel screen assembly, is suggesting that the glass space on the rear panel of the iPhone 5 is not sufficient to allow NFC capabilities. The aluminum rear panel of the new device will apparently not facilitate the technology, which requires a large coil of wire imprinted on a large surface.
The site instead suggests that the mystery chip which had originally been suggested to be an NFC chip is instead part of the new in-cell technology which is driving a new thinner touchscreen surface for the iPhone 5. In addition, well sourced Jim Dalrymple of The Loop supported the findings with his typically simple ‘Yep’ indicating that NFC would not be in the new iPhone.
So the real questions that now arises, is what is the killer feature of the new iPhone 5? Prior to the devastating news today, many people had thought that Apple was positioning the iPhone 5 as a mobile wallet, with a new implementation of a technology that would transform the way that people used their smartphone. Instead, Apple looks set to release a device that does not incorporate NFC, so what possible new feature could convince consumers to drop a substantial amount of cash on the new device.
Two suggestions immediately come to mind. Aside from the proposed larger screen, the new iPhone is expected to have 4G LTE compatibility, which could be the kicker that many people are looking for in the new iPhone. Other smaller improvements such as thinner form factor and perhaps better life than the iPhone 4S, are also on the list of potentials.