Apple has reportedly decided to drop Near Field Communication (NFC) technology from the iPhone 5, according to The Independent.
Apple apparently disclosed this decision in meetings with UK mobile operators.
One source close to the discussions said: "The new iPhone will not have NFC, Apple told the operators it was concerned by the lack of a clear standard across the industry." Yet Apple is understood to be working on its own NFC proposition, which would link payments through iTunes. It hopes to introduce the technology in a handset likely to be released next year.
Last month, analyst Brian White with Ticonderoga Securities issued a note to investors saying that his sources have indicated to him that the next iPhone will include NFC technology. However, Apple's approach will reportedly have "a twist that will make it unique versus his peers."
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