Phil Schiller sees no need for NFC or wireless charging, Lightning connector to be used ‘for many years’


With each week that Apple came closer to announcing the iPhone 5, prospects that its latest handset would contain Near Field Communication (NFC) technology seemed to dwindle. What began as an “obvious” rumor quickly turned into unlikely speculation. In an interview with AllThingsD following today’s media event, Schiller shed some light on why Apple chose to keep NFC out of the handset — at least this time around. The answer is software. “Passbook does the kinds of things customers need today,” the VP of marketing said, seemingly confident that iPhone buyers won’t miss the ability to make the type of direct mobile payments possible with Google Wallet and, eventually, ISIS.

The allure of wireless charging also didn’t appeal to the…

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