The latest rumour related to NFC on the iPhone 5 lends credence to possibility of Near Field Communication technology actually landing on the forthcoming Apple flagship smartphone soon.
The NYTimes says that "a chip made by Qualcomm for the phone's processor" will include NFC technology based on the reports of two people "with knowledge of the inner workings of a coming iteration of the Apple iPhone".
NYTimes added that it might not be for the next iPhone 5, which would hint at the fact that Apple works on multiple iterations of the device at the same time and that crucial features are moved between versions depending on market conditions.
Both Apple and Qualcomm have also started to recruit more NFC/RFID staff over the last four months; Qualcomm looked for a Wireless Connectivity Product manager (with RFID and NFC experience), a System Integration & Test Engineer with NFC knowledge while Apple recruited Benjamin Vigier, a well known NFC expert, who joined Apple as a product manager of Mobile Commerce last July.
The NYtimes report clashes with that of the Independent who claimed last week that mobile phone operators across the UK had been told by Apple that NFC would not be included in the iPhone 5.
We believe that the iPhone 5 will come with the RFID hardware, something that will allow Apple to build up momentum towards a full launch next year. Apple has already applied a number of patents including one for an Ewallet, the ability to integrate the RFID reader in the phone display and the iTunes integration which would allow the Apple platform to become a payment gateway.