Apple May Skip NFC And Instead Include Bluetooth 4.0 Support in iPhone 5

News | Friday July 22 2011 12:52 AM | Comments (0) Tags: , , , , , ,

New standards, however good they might be, need a major player to back them for mass adoption. Believe it or not during the media format war between VHS and BetaMax, VHS survived only because of porn industry’s backing. Similarly, Apple ‘s backing can play a huge role in the survival or death of a certain standard.
and whether it will have NFC. Considering Apple ‘s decision to include less-than-a-year old Bluetooth 4.0 in the newly launched
, it seems that there are some chances of the next iPhone getting Bluetooth 4.0 than NFC. The reason Apple might go only with one of these technologies is space. If Apple wants to add NFC support in the new iPhone , then it would mean two chips, one chip for Bluetooth (like in the current iPhone ) and another for NFC and knowing 
 obsession for slim devices, it can’t be ruled out.
Apple doesn’t just adopt a standard to include a check mark in comparison lists with other products, it does so to actually provide functionality to its users. Currently, the iPhone and other Apple products support Bluetooth 2.1, a four year old standard. The merits of Bluetooth 4.0 include low energy consumption, larger area of coverage and better encryption. Although NFC has been adopted by big companies like Google, Samsung and Nokia, barring Google Wallet we haven’t seen any useful application of NFC, at least in the US.
, a traditional “credit card” payment system.
What do you think, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC or both?

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