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iPhone 5 Reportedly Won't Have NFC

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All that promise, all that convenience, dashed to bits.

Despite the assurance from tech prognosticators that Apple would implement near field communication, or NFC, into its next iPhone, insiders have told UK's The Independent that those plans have been canceled. The problem seems to be that the technology is still too new and compatibility would be a problem.

Sources told The Independent: "The new iPhone will not have NFC, Apple told the operators it was concerned by the lack of a clear standard across the industry."

Oddly enough, that "lack of a clear standard" hasn't stopped Android from implementing NFC into the Nexus S or making it a standard feature in Gingerbread. Even BlackBerry's getting into the mix.

If Research in Motion is one-upping Cupertino, something is definitely wrong.

As touted in recent months, the technology opens up the simple transfer of data over short distances, turning your smartphone into a credit card, for example. Along with contactless mobile payments, NFC would allow for easy transfers of contact info or effectively eliminate concert and plane tickets. Google chief Eric Schmidt sees a big future in the service, claiming it will "revolutionize payments."

According to The Independent's sources, Apple hasn't ruled out the technology and "working on its own NFC proposition, which would link payments through iTunes," possibly to be implemented in a handset sometime next year.

Ah, jeez. If this is setting up another VHS vs. Beta format war -- but with a proprietary NFC technology -- everyone will lose come iPhone 6.

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