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The saga of the white iPhone 4 is one which has dragged on from the moment the phone was launched last year. Several delays during 2010 led many people to believe the handset would never make it to market, but a big wig over at Apple let slip via Twitter that it would indeed be coming this spring.
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Philip Schiller, senior vice president of worldwide product marketing over at Cupertino, was replying to a young Apple fan asking: “How do I get a white iPhone?” He tweeted in reply: “The white iPhone will be available this spring (and it is a beauty!).” This news comes just days after Apple launched a white version of the iPad 2 however we don’t know which version of the iPhone Schiller is talking about. Considering that the iPhone 5 is likely to be here in a couple of months, it seems to make little sense to bring out a completely new version of the iPhone 4 at this stage.
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Speaking about the iPhone 5, The Independent has a report this morning quoting spokespeople of UK mobile phone carriers that the latest version of Apple’s all-conquering handset will not feature Near Field Communication (NFC) technology. While it had been speculated that the technology would be included in the iPhone 5, Apple informed the UK carriers at meetings that NFC won’t be included. NFC was first seen in a high-profile smartphone when Google launched the Nexus S last year. It will be a major blow to those hoping to see an industry-wide standard being adopted in relation to NFC should Apple not include NFC in the iPhone 5.

It is this lack of an industry standard that is keeping Apple from including NFC in the new iPhone according to the sources that spoke to The Independent. Do you think that not having NFC technology in the new iPhone will be a major issue, or is there not enough use for the technology for it to be truly useful in the handset?

Source: The Independent and Twitter (Philip Schiller)

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