Last year, Apple was pretty clear that the iPhone wasn’t going to get NFC or Near Field Communications technology – the ability to wave and pay at retail outlets, or pick up information from movie posters or other chip-embedded items.
The technology was still too much in its infancy – that was the word from Cupertino. Now, however, it would seem that tune has changed, at least according to the latest iPhone 5 rumour.
Yes, it would seem that Apple is planning on bringing NFC on board the iPhone 5 when it’s released this autumn (probably in October).
This is according to 9 to 5 Mac, which has gotten hold of information regarding the latest prototype of the next Apple smartphone.
Sifting through a hardware code dump, 9 to 5 Mac came to the conclusion that the new iPhone has “Near Field Communication controllers directly connected to the Power Management Unit”.
As well as goodies such as contactless payments, NFC could also allow iOS devices to “tap and share” files.
The tech site also believes, thanks to its deconstruction of the hardware code, that the iPhone will indeed have a bigger display this time around, as has been widely rumoured for months now. That screen will apparently have a resolution of 1,136×640, being 4 inches in size.
The current iPhone boasts a resolution of 960×640, so basically they’ve crammed in an extra 176 vertical pixels, with a half inch screen size increase, making the phone just a little sharper than the 4S. Which was already pretty sharp (indeed, a “retina” display).