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The iPhone 5 doesn't feature an NFC chip because it isn't clear NFC solves any existing problem,...

The iPhone 5 doesn't feature an NFC chip because it isn't clear NFC solves any existing problem, says Apple (AAPL +1.4%) VP Phil Schiller. Others have made similar arguments, as Square's card readers become ubiquitous and NFC-based Google Wallet sputters. Also, Schiller claims Apple is cool to wireless charging because it doesn't remove the need for a wall charger, and USB connections are more flexible. Early NFC chip leader NXP (NXPI) won't be happy to hear Schiller's remarks. (more)
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  • Whitehawk
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    Short-sighted thinking on NFC. There are plenty of applications. Perhaps AAPL is working on its own standard.
    12 Sep 2012, 05:59 PM Reply Like
  • Storm Warning
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    Agree with Whitehawk. Closing the door on innovation there.

     

    And please explain to me how a USB charging connection is more flexible than no connection at all??
    12 Sep 2012, 07:20 PM Reply Like
  • westkite
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    Probably couldn't implement without infringing on some patent. He seems to be only making excuses. If Apple cannot innovate (almost everyone's expectation), its doom is imminent. Many suppliers, software engineers, and alike have been waiting for an opportunity for a payback. It's coming.
    12 Sep 2012, 09:59 PM Reply Like
  • westkite
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    Probably couldn't implement without infringing on some patent. He seems to be only making excuses. If Apple cannot innovate (almost everyone's expectation), its doom is imminent. Many suppliers, software engineers, and alike have been waiting for an opportunity for a payback; It's coming. You cannot make many enemies and expect to survive in this field.
    12 Sep 2012, 10:00 PM Reply Like
  • jcurranz
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    I don't understand how they can reiterate their guidance today, when most of the industry is reeling from Apple not including near field in their new phones. It's what equipment makers decide as a result of hearing that news which will affect them in the future, and there's no way to know today what that means...
    13 Sep 2012, 01:14 PM Reply Like
  • DanoX
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    NFC garage, Apple do something in house.
    14 Sep 2012, 05:10 PM Reply Like
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