Juniper Research: iPhone 5′s Lack Of NFC Has Set Market Back By 2 Years In U.S., W. Europe

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http://techcrunch.com – Before the iPhone 5 launched there was plenty of ‘will they, won’t they’ speculation about whether Apple would include NFC in the device. In the event Apple didn’t add the wireless transfer tech which can be used to power mobile payments — and that decision to eschew NFC has set the NFC market back by two years in the U.S. and Western Europe, says analyst Juniper Research. NFC has been an area where Apple’s rivals have been able to crow they are ahead of Cupertino in adding the tech to their handsets — with mobile makers including HTC, Nokia and Samsun (IT news)