Last night Phil Schiller, vice president of the Apple marketing team, spoke to American journalists explaining that iPhone 5 does not require NFC or an wireless charge, and the new Lightning Dock will be available in all future iDevices.
Since NFC, Schiller says that at the moment, the Passbook application enables users to store information needed to make payments or to post information to traders and there is no need to have NFC stations installed and Apple believes that this type of technology won’t be needed in the near future.
Regarding wireless charging, Schiller said that, at present, the system is not perfect and that it would complicate things for users. He said that wireless charging systems must be connected to an outlet, while a USB charging cable can be plugged to any computer and even loading from aircraft systems. The truth is that wireless charging systems don’t yet simplify the charging process of terminals and the technology is created largely for marketing purposes.
At the end it remains the new Lightning dock which Schiller says it will be available in all future iDevices. He explains that Apple had to build this new dock in order to make the iDevices more thin, this action being impossible with a 30 pin USB. Basically this is the main reason that caused Apple to make changes, but of course higher transfer speeds and a beautiful name can not be ignored.
We do not have NFC, but neither was it highly necessary because it is not used by many, like the Passbook which is also not highly used, we don’t have wireless charging yet, but its implementation wouldn’t help much, and we have a Lightning dock, one which unfortunately complicates things immensely.