One of the bigger omissions from today’s iPhone 5 announcement was NFC. Passbook in iOS 6 seemed like a natural home for the technology, but it looks like it’ll be absent in Apple’s mobile playground for at least another year, even after a few rumors maybe, kinda suggested we might see it this generation. It wasn’t to be, and Apple told AllThingsD why.
“Passbook does the kinds of things customers need today, said Phil Schiller, Apple VP of marketing. The company said most consumers are unlikely to miss the lack of NFC, with Passbook meeting the needs of iPhone owners because it’ll work without needing existing merchant payment systems.
Additionally, Schiller explained Apple’s decision to omit wireless charging, saying that the systems still have to be plugged in, therefore not much convenience is eliminated. “Having to create another device you have to plug into the wall is actually, for most situations, more complicated,” Schiller said.
Finally, as to why a new dock connector has been implemented, Schiller said it needed to happen in order for the iPhone to achieve its sleek new appearance — 18 percent thinner and 20 percent lighter than the iPhone 4S. “This is the new connector for many years to come,” Schiller said.