NFC: What are the odds?
If you have been keeping track of all the iPhone 5S rumours of late, you'll notice the mention of a few improvements over the iPhone 5. A better 13 MP camera (capable of HDR video, I pray), a faster A7 processor and (again?!) possibly a fingerprint reader underneath the home button are being talked of as possible improvements in each blog's perspective on what Apple can potentially offer.
However, one feature that was once upon a time being touted as one of the main possible additions to the then-rumoured iPhone 5 isn't even being mentioned at all, anywhere, this time round: NFC.
To me at least, the improvements that NFC offers are far beyond the payment ease that most speak of. Hell, in my country, the payment part matters as much as 4G (which we don't have, by the way) does. It wouldn't make a difference to us if it wouldn't even exist for another few years. What I want is NFC tags (those things will almost completely make me not crave quick settings anymore), and file-sharing (Im looking at a PureView 808 right now, and although it might be the best mobile ever to take a photo with, it certainly is nowhere near the best at displaying it. Plus, AirPlay from my iPod!).
For me at least, it might be a deal-breaker between choosing the iPhone 5S, or the 6th-gen iPod touch with the 808.
The technology seems ready for primetime. The apps to make use of it already exist, although they work over WiFi or Bluetooth only, for now. And more than anything, it also seems to be the killer feature many claimed the iPhone 5 was lacking.
But realistically, does it even stand a chance at being included in the next iPhone?