Phil Schiller on lack of NFC, wireless charging in iPhone 5

Apple really seems to have created a pretty amazing device in the iPhone 5, but that doesn’t mean it’s got everything customers are looking for. Specifically, two features that have been rising in popularity that didn’t make it to the sixth-generation iPhone are near field communications (NFC) and wireless charging.

For those that don’t know, NFC is the technology that allows users to tap a credit card (or select smartphones) on a receiver to transfer information instead of swiping the magnetic strip. There are many situations where this sort of tech would be useful, and with Apple’s ticketing and gift-carding Passbook application, it seems like NFC and the iPhone 5 would be a perfect match. However, Apple chose not to include the technology. According to Apple Senior VP Phil Schiller, this is because, “it’s not clear that NFC is the solution to any current problem… Passbook does the kinds of things customers need today.”

I must say that I agree with Schiller on this point. Passbook’s functionality is perfectly fine without NFC. Sure, it would have been a nice touch, but I can’t say that it’s absence is a glaring omission. What’s more, seeing as NFC in smartphones is still relatively new, it’s not very surprising that Apple opted not to utilize it just yet. If past iPhones have taught us anything, it’s that Apple absolutely will not adopt new, third-party technology until it’s been perfected and there is a huge market demand for it.

Schiller also had something to say about wireless charging. Basically, he believes that USB-based charging is still the most convenient method of juicing up our devices just because it’s so widely available – you can charge your iPhone via USB through a computer, through a plug in the wall, and even in airplanes. What’s more, wireless charging isn’t exactly wireless. Something still needs to be plugged into the wall, even if it’s not your smartphone, and, “having to create another device you have to plug into the wall is actually, for most situations, more complicated.”

That’s why Apple chose to modernize its 30-pin dock connector instead of ditching it for a wireless alternative. And while this may initially seem a bit inconvenient as well, rest assured that the new Lightning connector is, “the new connector for many years to come.”

How do you feel about the lack of wireless charging and NFC in the iPhone 5? Sound off in the comments section below or on twitter @TiP_Jake.


Via: AllThingsD

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  • aarontsosa

    Please correct me if I’m wrong, but Siri was not introduced to a perfected voice recognization era nor was there a high demand for voice search. This may be my opinion, but I believe that Apple missed out on a big factor by not including NFC. If they included it, they could have made a statement saying, the iPhone is all you need in your daily modern life.

  • KVKdragon

    Even though they’re right in saying that NFC isn’t used that much, they should have included it in anyways as a hidden future so it’s future proof lol. Whatever, no biggie. Hardly a loss even if it’s convenient

  • JanisVaivars

    Why would they include it? NFC? Extra cost to the company, extra problems implementing it + 90% of us don’t need it anyway. Wireless charging? Again, the same thing. + for me personally I don’t see how it would be convenient. Not at home at least. If I want to charge my phone in the kitchen I would have to move a second device to do that? What’s the point? In a cafe? Wouldn’t want to leave my phone unattended, even behind a counter… Don’t see the big deal about either of these devices. The question we should ask is – why didn’t they implement Android in it? haha

  • LV2355

    If Apple choose to change charging port why did they not use the standard microUSB port as all other phones?
    In Europe this is the standard port (from 2011). Still Apple refuse to join this group of phone manufacturers.
    Why’s that? 

  • LV2355

     @JanisVaivars Wireless charging can be used as alternative charging devices – i.e. 2 ways to charge your device. Could be usefull – you don’t need to plug a cable all the time (less wear) you want to charge your phone. 

  • KVKdragon

     @LV2355 They wanted their own exclusive charging port that could offer extra functionality and customization. It’s smarter than your average port lol 

  • aarontsosa

     @LV2355  @JanisVaivars I have heard a lot about wireless charging latley, and honestly wireless charging has been around since the Palm Pre (2009 or 2010). I had a Palm Pre and got the wireless charger with it. I honestly think companies shouldn’t jump on the wireless charging bandwagon. It has to be very close to a source for charging and was annoying for me. Most people like to interact with their phone while charging, but wireless charging is either, on it and charging, or you are using it, and its not charging. The on and off of picking up and putting down for a text or so, actully destroys the batter faster. I personally after using it, think its more of a gimic then usefulness. Unless they put a 1m radius of charging in it or larger. No company should put. Nokia mostly put it because of headlines, and I don’t truley see why a company should spend money and make the device more expensive for it. I didn’t even know Apple would be beaten up on wireless charging. I think it’s a smart move, wait till later. NFC is a compleatly diffrenet story. Sure their is not alot of NFC out for payment, but bumb to share video, pictures, or other things like that cant be done so eaisly without NFC. Apple didn’t miss the boat. They are just gonna show up late, and prob get sued because of it. Karma sucks. Samsung and HTC have already started drawing papers for legal battles about LTE.

  • JanisVaivars

     @LV2355 Wear? Less wear?! Tell me please, good Sir, how worn is your current plug on your phone?! I cannot possibly see how wear could influence anything on these types of plugs. Cause it’s basically the same design as a USB plug, just a different form factor and you can plug it in either way.
    And from a company point of view, why spend more money on something that only a maximum of 5% users will only consider to use, not even talking about using. Instead of spending money on wireless charging, they spent it on making a proper glass/aluminum body that makes the product much more pleasant and it just looks classy and more expensive. Spend money on features that no-one cares about like Samsung and make a cheap plastic body that everyone hates + a screen that cracks whenever you sit on it…

  • CyberAngel

    NFC is not just for mobile any Apple worker:Jobs is gone, your jobs are gone