iPhone 4S has no NFC chip
Apple is wise to delay use of NFC technology while users remain wary of mobile payments, analysts say
Computerworld - Speculation for months suggested Apple would put an Near-Field Communication chip in its next iPhone. But when the iPhone 4S was unveiled this week, the mobile payment technology was missing from the device.
It wasn't that Apple doesn't like NFC technology, but they apparently decided to wait until mobile payment systems are more widely adopted, analysts said.
Apple officials didn't respond to a request to comment on the decision not to include NFC in the iPhone 4S.
Several analysts said Apple won't be hurt by waiting to deliver an NFC-ready iPhone. NFC technology is rolling out slowly in the U.S. and surveys have shown many Americans are still relatively uninterested are in the technology, perhaps because of security concerns, they noted.
"Apple took a calculated risk that NFC takeoff will happen over a number of years, and that they wouldn't be hurt if they didn't include it in the new iPhone this year," said Mark Hung, an analyst at Gartner. "That bet has paid off."
Jack Gold, an analyst at J. Gold Associates, added, "Given that NFC and e-commerce from phone is still very early on, I think Apple has not really missed the boat on this. In about six to 12 months when NFC starts to gain momentum, Apple will have a new device that includes it. That will be timely enough in my opinion."
Gold and Hung both said engineering NFC into a smartphone is difficult and time consuming and requires a combined software and hardware development effort by a manufacturer.
Matt Hamblen covers mobile and wireless, smartphones and other handhelds, and wireless networking for Computerworld. Follow Matt on Twitter at @matthamblen, or subscribe to Matt's RSS feed . His e-mail address is email@example.com.
- Apple has bigger plans than just song ID with Shazam deal
- Automakers show off in-vehicle Wi-Fi, new smartphone interfaces
- First-to-market means diddly when it comes to smartwatches
- Apple slates WWDC for June 2-6, sets up ticket lottery
- Nadella to Cook on Office revenue sharing: Drop dead
- Microsoft scraps 'Windows-first' practice, puts Office on iPad before Surface
- iOS tops Android for Web browsing in U.S. and other developed nations
- Microsoft's free OneNote vaults to top of Mac App Store chart
- Apple discounts iPhone 5C 8%-9% in five markets via storage cuts
- Microsoft's OneNote strategy: Battle Evernote, or something bigger?
Read more about Mobile/Wireless in Computerworld's Mobile/Wireless Topic Center.
- Assessing ROI for Mobile Acceleration Clients This EMA® paper examines the business case for deploying mobile WAN optimization client software and builds a ROI model based on the experiences...
- The Apple-ization of the Enterprise: Understanding IT's New World Read this paper for how to tackle Apple-ization (and the related consumerization of IT and Bring Your Own Device/BYOD).
- A Practical Introduction to Enterprise Mobility Management Read the white paper to better understand the basic concepts within mobility management and to learn how you can apply EMM technology to...
- Enterprise Mobility: A Checklist for Secure Containerization The advantages and disadvantages of the multiple approaches to containerization. Learn More>>
- On-demand webinar: "Mobility Mayhem: Balancing BYOD with Enterprise Security" Check out this on-demand webinar to hear Sophos senior security expert John Shier deep dive into how BYOD impacts your enterprise security strategy...
- Mobile Security: Containerizing Enterprise Data In this on-demand webinar, Fixmo's Lee Cocking, VP of corporate strategy, explains why Apple-ization trends like mobility and "bring-your-own-device" (BYOD) are driving the... All Mobile/Wireless White Papers | Webcasts
Our new weekly Consumerization of IT newsletter covers a wide range of trends including BYOD, smartphones, tablets, MDM, cloud, social and what it all means for IT. Subscribe now and stay up to date!