Source: 9to5Mac Apple Insider

One of the topics emphatically discussed in the world of NFC is whether or not the iPhone 5 will be equipped with NFC capabilities. The source 9to5Mac Apple Insider today posted an article strongly suspecting that the iPhone 5 will in fact be NFC enabled. Apple Insider famous for their pre-predictions posted information about the PassBook from Apple, before its release. The PassBook obviously would have a very strong tie-in with an NFC enabled iPhone.

The timing might be just about perfect for an NFC enabled iPhone 5; with Microsoft announcing last week the Windows 8 phone to be NFC equipped, the announcement of the Apple PassBook and MasterCard’s PayPass set for release sometime in the coming months.

If Apple were to release an NFC capable iPhone that would drastically speed the overall progress and the entire NFC payment eco-system would further adapt. More retailers would likely make the appropriate preparation with NFC enabled payment devices and card readers, which would in turn influence consumers. One of the big complaints being that there will not be enough retail locations enabled with NFC technology.

Jim Peters, CTO of SITA, featured on Apple Insider comments that for Apple to release an NFC enabled phone now it would really make sense. In the last year the number of retailers implementing NFC enabled technology has exploded and the devices are rapidly getting into the hands of the consumers; with only more to come.

“Jim Peters, agrees that NFC is coming to the iPhone and retailers should prepare for it… There is a lot of debate that NFC will never take off because of all the arguments. But you need to get ready, this is coming. This is going to happen. By the end of the year the majority of smartphones that you go and buy will have NFC on them. If in October the next iPhone comes out and it has NFC on it, it’s game over.”

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