Responding to an article from AnandTech, Dalrymple offered up his trademark “Yep,” essentially slamming the coffin lid down on NFC in the next iPhone. From AnandTech:
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.
Dalrymple is known for being extremely well-connected to goings-on at Apple, and has an impeccable track record. In fact, I can’t think of a single instance of him actually being wrong when he speaks up about something.
A Dalrymple “Yup” is about as close to an Apple confirmation as you get in the tech news world. Of course, Apple may still pursue mobile payments. Passbook may eliminate the need for NFC, and it’s previously been thought that Apple might use Bluetooth 4.0 for such purposes.