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Upcoming iPhone 5 may have Heavy NFC Integration

One of the rumors that took the blogosphere by storm in the weeks before the fifth generation iPhone release and died out in general disappointment after iPhone 4S was unveiled, has come to life again.

Apparently, the iPhone 5 will finally offer to Apple fans the expected support for Near Field Communication (NFC) technology. The most obvious and talked about application of this technology would allow users to make payments to specific vendors, using only their smartphones.

9to5mac, one of the most prominent websites for Apple rumours, published a report revealing information from a "well-connected developer" who suggested the Cupertino based company has put its software engineers to work intensively on the technology, and are “heavy into NFC”.

The source was sure enough about the NFC enabled iPhone 5, "enough to bet the app development on." In addition, the New York Times seems to confirm the rumour suggesting that Apple has secured key NFC patents.

Reports suggest this feature will reach the mainstream in the next couple of years, but for now there is a limited number of retailers who are willing to invest in specially designed terminals, with support for NFC payments.

Under the circumstances, smartphone makers haven't felt overly encouraged to push the technology. However, as is often the case, when Apple gets on board that alone can be the required impetus to drive a technology towards widespread adoption.

Radu has been working as a freelance writer for more than five years and has been blogging around since 2004. He is interested in anything Apple as well as gaming and mobile applications.