We know that Apple will be launching a Passbook digital wallet with iOS 6. And well, while the wallet will work just fine either way for things like loyalty and rewards cards — many are hoping to see the next-generation iPhone get NFC (Near Field Communications) to make the wallet much more useful in terms of mobile payments. But on that note, the latest (and still unconfirmed) reports on the interwebs are suggesting that the next iPhone will not have NFC. Get that, will not have. As to why, this is coming by way of AnandTech who note that;
“Given the primarily metal backside of the new iPhone, it’s highly unlikely that NFC is in the cards for this generation. In fact, given the very little space at top and bottom dedicated to those glass RF windows, you can almost entirely rule it out.”
Sort of a bummer if you ask me. In fact, I can say this will almost complete certainty — my next phone will have NFC and if the iPhone doesn’t have that, it looks like Android will win me over on a full-time basis. Of course, until we hear something from Apple, this is all still rumor and speculation and therefor could change.