After waiting for months for the new iPhone from Apple, experts were speculating that Apple would use a Near-Field Communication (NFC) technology in its next iPhone to enable the users do mobile payment through their iPhone. However, Apple has delayed the use of NFC chip, and it is official now that iPhone 4S is without an NFC chip, reports ComputerWorld.
Apple doesn’t want to use NFC technology in its iPhone is definitely not the case. The only reason one can think for this delay is that Apple might be adopting wait and watch policy while users remain cautious about mobile payments. According to experts, Apple would prefer that users more widely adopt mobile payment systems before it introduces NFC technology in its iPhone.
There are not many users in USA that currently use NFC technology. A large number of people are still not very enthusiastic about using this technology due to security reasons. Most of the industry analysts believe that there is no harm for Apple if it wants to wait for some time on this issue.
“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.”
However, Google, one of the main rivals of Apple, has already introduced NFC technology in the Google Wallet app. The application is being used on the Samsung’s NFC-ready Nexus S smartphone sold by Sprint.
Meanwhile, Apple declined to comment on the decision of not including NFC chip in iPhone 4S.