Remember these photos, which show a new chip presumed to be one for near-field communication? Anand Lal Shimpi has the technical know-how as to why that likely isn’t the case:
Given the primarily metal backside of the new iPhone, it’s highly unlikely that NFC is in the cards for this generation. In fact, given the very little space at top and bottom dedicated to those glass RF windows, you can almost entirely rule it out.
For double confirmation, we turn to Jim Dalrymple:
No need to use any more syllables when Dalrymple confirms or destroys a rumour.