iPhone 5 NFC Technology: Procrastination to iPhone 6

With news of Apple’s iPhone 5 hot on the heels of its predecessor, yet more information has come to light today. Over the last few months, we have strived to give you updates as and when we get them in relation to rumored specifications, appearance, price and of course the big question of a release date.

News is still strongly pointing towards an iPhone 5 launch date sometime in June which will tie in closely with the WWDC also at the same time. But if we concentrate on today’s news from Vlad Savov over at Engadget, its the iPhone 5’s NFC technology (Near Field Communication) that is the topic of discussion.

The introduction of the hardware was an issue discussed a little while back, and if implemented, it would potentially start a whole new trend of “paying for products.” Users as Gary over at PR News reported, would be able to wave the handset over a special reader which will then automatically give them the power to pay.

Although the inclusion of NFC would be a fantastic selling point, indications are showing that the chip will not be a feature until sometime next year, perhaps in the iPhone 6, something of which has been reported from some of the biggest UK mobile network providers.

The Independent has reported that Apple have been in talks with these providers and stressed that although it will be a key feature, it will not surface until 2012 at the earliest. It follows on with Steve Jobs company expressing their concern with “the lack of a clear standard across the industry.”

But before we may leave some of you feeling disappointed, there is talk that Apple are working on their very own version of NFC technology, which if it takes off, could be linked directly to users iTunes accounts.

What are your thoughts on NFC procrastinating to the iPhone 6? Can you see it being a help or hindrance?