It's 'Highly Unlikely' That the Next Generation iPhone Will Feature NFC

Posted August 28, 2012 at 2:36pm by iClarified | Please help us and submit a translation by clicking here | 9083 views

AnandTech has taken a thorough look at 'iPhone 5' rumors and determined that it is highly unlikely that the next device will feature NFC.

Given the primarily metal backside of the new iPhone, it's highly unlikely that NFC is in the cards for this generation. In fact, given the very little space at top and bottom dedicated to those glass RF windows, you can almost entirely rule it out. NFC operates on the 13.56MHz ISM band, which has a relatively large wavelength, at 22.1 m. Making a traditional dipole antenna that radiates at all given the constraints of a smartphone package is thus a big challenge, considering that smartphones are maybe 5-inches tall at maximum, to say nothing of the supposed upcoming iPhone's longest linear dimension.

The Loop's Jim Dalrymple has voiced his support for this conclusion with a simple 'yep'.

AnandTech makes some other conclusion regarding the next iPhone indicating that it will likely feature a dual-core Cortex A9 SoC built on Samsung's 32nm LP (HK+MG) process with PowerVR SGX 543MP2 driving a taller 4-inch display. LTE and TD-SCDMA support will likely be powered by a Qualcomm MDM9x15.

You can read the full analysis at the link below...

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Mike - August 29, 2012 at 4:34am
Don't count NFC in an iPhone 5 out yet. Look at the Apple patent filings in which the antenna is behind:embedded in the screen
rudyy - August 29, 2012 at 2:10am
Because it's stolen technology?
henree - August 28, 2012 at 10:34pm
Not a surprise... as Apple thinks a limited system is "innovative" Apple is the cancer of technology.
J - August 28, 2012 at 3:16pm
Definitely needs more memory. 512MB will not cut it. And also a wider screen please.
Simon - August 28, 2012 at 2:47pm
Not on my list of must haves. What it better have is a better battery and more memory.
Darryn - August 28, 2012 at 3:05pm
I'm in agreement there.
terrance&philip - August 28, 2012 at 3:33pm
ok I let the designers know when I meet them today
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