A couple of days ago, we were treated to some internal shots of the iPhone 5, a couple of which seemed to suggest that the next instalment of Apple’s flagship device would come fitted with Near Field Communication. NFC would have allowed the iPhone to communicate with similar devices in close proximity, sharing information quickly, its particularly useful when it comes to things like electronic payments.
However, the news has been met with skepticism following some further analysis. Essentially, the iPhone 5 has a metal back (we think). The glass situated at each end is designed to allow the transmission of radio signal, you know, so that it actually works as a phone. NFC antenna are rather large, to make them as effective as possible (in the Galaxy Nexus for example, the coil covers the entire battery). The unibody metal back case would get in the way of an NFC antenna, rendering it unusable., that’s why it would have to be at the top or bottom of the device. This, however, means it will have to be incredibly small, making alignment and coupling tremendously difficult, deviating from Apple’s standard, highly polished user experience.
Via: 9to5 Mac