September 13, 2012- Apple’s decision to not include near-field communications (NFC) on its new iPhone 5 is predicted, by advocates of the technology, to be a loss for the company.
Near-field communications is seen as the next major mobile technology to take-off for making payments and purchases.
However many mobile payment experts are insisting that Apple is making the smart choice by not including the technology in its new mobile, as uptake of the technology has been very slow, with only 2 percent of merchants equipped with the technology globally. What Apple instead is trying to get its users to utilise is its Passbook technology, which collects all passes in one program, and uses barcodes read in to transmit payment data. Also because NFC takes up space and resources on the mobile, the iPhone has the advantage of being able to have more space available than mobiles using the technology.
This is an advantage for Apple, and the particularly slow uptake of NFC in the USA, where many people still use cheques to pay for goods, allows for the mobile to stand out from its competitors using NFC. However there is much to be seen as NFC uptake in other countries is progressing more rapidly, which gives competitors to the iPhone a widespread market.