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Apple awarded patent for NFC cross-platform solution for transferring data

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Apple awarded patent for NFC cross-platform solution for transferring data
Ironically, Apple received a patent from the USPTO on Tuesday for a cross-platform data syncing solution using NFC. What makes it ironic for Apple to be receiving the patent is that the Apple iPhone does not offer support for NFC. The system devised by Apple allows for two devices to open up a line of communication between each other using NFC. Once that line of communication is set up, data on one of the two devices is saved and then sent to the other device using a peer-to-peer connection instead of using NFC.

"A method of performing the simplified data transfer may include initiating communication using near field communication (NFC) between two devices. Next, data associated with open applications on one of the two devices may be saved and then transferred to the other. Transferring the data may take place using a peer-to-peer connection other than via NFC."-From Apple's patent application

To make this more understandable, the patent is similar to how S Beam works and how it is different from Android Beam. The latter uses an NFC hook up to send data from once device to another. More similar to Apple's patent, S Beam uses NFC to set up communications between two Samsung devices and then uses a Wi-Fi Direct connection to send data from one phone to another.

Apple's patent, US Patent No. 8,458,363, is for a "System and method for simplified data transfer" and is 84 pages long. In the application, Apple discussed things like syncing data from the open applications on another device and storing the data in the cloud. Does the patent mean that Apple will soon add NFC support to its devices? It would seem possible that Apple could use the technology to allow users of more than one Apple device to transfer files between each one wirelessly.


source: USPTO via AppleInsider

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posted on 04 Jun 2013, 06:39 25

1. special4u (Posts: 63; Member since: 22 May 2013)


did american know that korean invented that technology?

posted on 04 Jun 2013, 07:04 7

8. PAPINYC (banned) (Posts: 2315; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


And his name was Sam Sung!!

posted on 04 Jun 2013, 07:07 16

10. EXkurogane (Posts: 863; Member since: 07 Mar 2013)


Bullsh!t. Trying to credit Samsung again aren't you?
NFC existed since 1980s and 1990s, and Nokia 6131 (year 2006) is the first phone to be equipped with NFC.

posted on 04 Jun 2013, 07:25 4

15. Ohrules (Posts: 320; Member since: 11 Jun 2012)


wait...gsmarena's page does not say anything about it having NFC!
http://www.gsmarena.com/nokia_6131-1434.php

posted on 04 Jun 2013, 07:27 10

18. EXkurogane (Posts: 863; Member since: 07 Mar 2013)


GSMarena's data is not accurate, read the user comments at the bottom itself, someone also mentioned it has NFC. Even Phonearena's database mentioned NFC in Nokia 6131.

You could also check out wikipedia, including the history of NFC. It is more accurate (with citations/source provided). Even a simple google search will tell you Nokia 6131 has NFC.

posted on 04 Jun 2013, 09:45 5

32. Ohrules (Posts: 320; Member since: 11 Jun 2012)


oh, it's just that i trust GSMArena more than any other site for specs. looks like no one is perfect :/

thanks for the info though!

posted on 04 Jun 2013, 10:31

36. Marcus_h (Posts: 44; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


I seem to remember that the Nokia C7 was meant to be the first phone to have it. In any case, it seems that Nokia was first.

posted on 04 Jun 2013, 10:26 6

35. tedkord (Posts: 4944; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


This isn't about NFC. It's about the process of using NFC to pair two devices, then using WiFi to transfer between them. NFC is low power, short distance.

This is exactly what S-Beam does - NFC to establish connection, hand off to WiFi for the actual transfer because it's faster and works over more distance.

It's another blatant case of Apple stealing what others are doing, slapping a different name on it, and caking it their own (complete with patent which they will then use to sue the originators)

posted on 04 Jun 2013, 10:32

37. Marcus_h (Posts: 44; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Does WiFi Direct not need a network? I have never understood exactly.

posted on 04 Jun 2013, 11:37 1

41. tedkord (Posts: 4944; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Nope, just two devices that are enabled for it. This Apple patent describes exactly what s beam does.

posted on 04 Jun 2013, 17:27 2

49. jaychildz (Posts: 106; Member since: 31 May 2013)


EXACTLY! You come along about a year later & try to act like you just came up with this brilliance

posted on 04 Jun 2013, 08:36 6

25. dragonscourgex (Posts: 307; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)


"NFC traces its roots back to radio-frequency identification, or RFID. RFID allows a reader to send radio waves to a passive electronic tag for identification, authentication and tracking.

1983 The first patent to be associated with the abbreviation RFID was granted to Charles Walton.

1995 wallet paying and receiving electronic, described in the report and annexes describing the invention of Gaston Schwabacher in 0017 patented protocol 24/01/1995 at INPI Brazil with the IP number 9500345

2004 Nokia, Philips and Sony established the Near Field Communication (NFC) Forum

2006 Initial specifications for NFC Tags[21]

2006 Specification for "SmartPoster" records[22]

2006 Nokia 6131 was the first NFC phone[23]

2009 In January, NFC Forum released Peer-to-Peer standards to transfer contact, URL, initiate Bluetooth, etc.[24]

2010 Samsung Nexus S: First Android NFC phone shown[25][26]

2010 The city of Nice in Southern France launches the "Nice City of contactless mobile" project, providing inhabitants with new NFC generation mobile phones and bank cards, and a real "bouquet of services" for their daily lives covering transportation, tourism and student's services.

2011 Tapit Media launches in Sydney Australia as the first specialized NFC marketing company
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2011 Google I/O "How to NFC" demonstrates NFC to initiate a game and to share a contact, URL, app, video, etc.[16]

2011 NFC support becomes part of the Symbian mobile operating system with the release of Symbian Anna version.[27]

2011 Research In Motion is the first company for its devices to be certified by MasterCard Worldwide, the functionality of PayPass[28]

2012 March. EAT., a well-known UK restaurant chain, and Everything Everywhere (Orange Mobile Network Operator), partner on the UK's first nationwide NFC-enabled smartposter campaign, led by René Batsford, head of ICT for EAT., also known for deploying the UK's first nationwide contactless payment solution in 2008. A specially created mobile phone app is triggered when the NFC enabled mobile phone comes into contact with the smartposter.[29]

2012 Sony introduces the "Smart Tags", which use NFC technology to change modes and profiles on a Sony smartphone at close range, included in the package of (and "perfectly paired" with) the Sony Xperia P Smartphone released the same year.[30]

2012 Samsung introduces TecTile;[31] a set of MIFARE NFC stickers and a companion application for Android to read and write the TecTile stickers, and design macros that can be triggered by them.

2013 Samsung and Visa announce major partnership to develop mobile payments."

From Wikipedia.

posted on 04 Jun 2013, 13:08 6

47. htc_evo_3d (Posts: 84; Member since: 11 Mar 2013)


And finally Apple patents them

posted on 04 Jun 2013, 20:30 2

53. phil2n (Posts: 473; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


I think Myzx. Can't defend apple right now..

posted on 04 Jun 2013, 06:43 4

2. pratyushgaur.6 (Posts: 24; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)


And Apple thinks that this would salvage them!! Lol :P

posted on 04 Jun 2013, 07:06 5

9. eisenbricher (Posts: 971; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)


If people become clever enough to know how dumb iDevices are and stop using those, Apple will transform into a full fledged patent troll company. So in short this is their future investment...

posted on 05 Jun 2013, 00:21

54. iLegend (Posts: 41; Member since: 05 Jun 2013)


I think all iDevices are great.. I use them all and they work seamlessly...i just love them and i dont know why you always hate it...and there are millions of people out there who uses them and i dont think so many people would be dumb.....so grow up and stop hating it...!!

posted on 04 Jun 2013, 06:51 15

3. EXkurogane (Posts: 863; Member since: 07 Mar 2013)


Dafuq? Apple is not even putting NFC in their devices! So, are they going to sue the fark out of other companies now?

posted on 04 Jun 2013, 07:04 6

7. eisenbricher (Posts: 971; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)


See? Dumb Apple devices can't even make Mass storage or BT or WiFi open data transfer still they want this patent. I guess they don't want to Use it, but just to troll the ones who are willing to use it.

posted on 04 Jun 2013, 09:11 4

30. bucky (Posts: 1505; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


Apple wants iTunes controlling everything. Good or bad some prefer it and some don't.

Not dumb because you don't like it.

posted on 04 Jun 2013, 10:23 2

33. eisenbricher (Posts: 971; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)


Not versatile because you say it.

I've used Apple device, with iTunes and I know how much of a hassle it is. After buying android phone and using its powerAmp player I gave that iPod away to my cousin.

And btw why do they want iTunes control everything? It should be the user who's controlling everything. People BUY devices, don't Rent 'em.

posted on 04 Jun 2013, 11:39 2

42. bucky (Posts: 1505; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


Some users don't want to babysit their phone. iTunes' strengths play well with what certain want. Good or bad, but its nice having the company take care of things because that is also what you paid for.

I really do like android but I found myself rooting and customizing so much that I actually got bored. Also, I found myself fixing things that should have been solved right out of the box

posted on 04 Jun 2013, 12:50 2

46. eisenbricher (Posts: 971; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)


Going back to iOS after using Android is Lame. What exciting do you find in those boring icons that didn't change over years? Apple pays you??

posted on 05 Jun 2013, 00:24

55. iLegend (Posts: 41; Member since: 05 Jun 2013)


Apple devices can transfer data over wifi,bt and usb...you dont know it because you hate it and you have never used it...and btw you are trolling yourself because lack of information..!!

posted on 04 Jun 2013, 06:54 10

4. PAPINYC (banned) (Posts: 2315; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


The irony is that it's a cross-platform "technology" but, you will only be able to use it on iPhones/iPads/iTouch's with iOS or Mackbooks.

posted on 04 Jun 2013, 08:33 2

24. JunBringer (Posts: 100; Member since: 01 Oct 2012)


I'm guessing cross platform for them is iOS to OSX or vice versa. BS.

posted on 04 Jun 2013, 10:24 2

34. eisenbricher (Posts: 971; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)


lol.. and still they'll make a big fuss over it.

posted on 04 Jun 2013, 06:59 11

5. decent4u (Posts: 73; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


They just patented this so they can sue more companies

posted on 04 Jun 2013, 08:59 4

29. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6581; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


and they can ban them too. fckN DUMB USPTO

posted on 04 Jun 2013, 07:00 6

6. Doctor.Who (Posts: 5; Member since: 23 May 2013)


Down with aPpLe !

posted on 04 Jun 2013, 07:10 12

11. uchihakurtz (Posts: 254; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


What kind of sick joke is this?? Who dafuq granted them a patent when iPhone doesn't even have NFC while all other platform had been playing around with NFC years ago?? Apple is really getting ridiculous!

posted on 04 Jun 2013, 07:26 6

16. EXkurogane (Posts: 863; Member since: 07 Mar 2013)


More like USPTO itself is a joke

posted on 04 Jun 2013, 07:26 6

17. Kurai (unregistered)


The one who gave them this patent is the one stupid enough to grant them the rounded rectangle corner patent . . . these patents are so broad and stupid . . .

posted on 04 Jun 2013, 07:13 7

12. chemhaz (Posts: 160; Member since: 04 May 2012)


"Does the patent mean that Apple will soon add NFC support "

NO, they will probably never implement it in their devices, they just want to stifle innovation and build their Patent Troll portfolio.

posted on 04 Jun 2013, 07:15 10

13. FlushGordon (unregistered)


The US patent system is really fkced up....it is getting more stupid by the passing day

posted on 04 Jun 2013, 07:19 5

14. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8669; Member since: 14 May 2012)


You've got to be f-----g kidding me. How the hell were they awarded this patent when they don't offer NFC on their devices?

posted on 04 Jun 2013, 07:58 6

19. xperiaDROID (limited) (Posts: 5577; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Apple is not a company, Apple is a crap rotten poop fruit!

Why Apple lost all their ideas? Why their iPhone's design still remains the same? That's because they keep focusing on patents and suing! Just deal with it, Apple won't change!

iHate Apple forever! Shame on you Apple!

posted on 04 Jun 2013, 07:59 2

20. GadgetsMcGoo (Posts: 165; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)


My Bluetooth Audio Receiver already does this. Use NFC to setup the link with any NFC and Bluetooth enabled device.

posted on 04 Jun 2013, 08:05 7

21. tedkord (Posts: 4944; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


That's exactly how S-Beam works. And it's exactly how Apple works - take someone else's innovation and slap a patent on it. Now, watch as Apple sues Samsung over a feature Samsung had first, and the iPhone can't even do.

posted on 04 Jun 2013, 08:55 5

28. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6581; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


NEXT THING We know that the dumb fruit will try too BAN THE GS III or GS IV just because it have NFC. FU USPTO

posted on 04 Jun 2013, 19:08

52. Krat0z (Posts: 1; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)


I think you got the whole thing backward..

Here is the timeline of related events:

In 2008 - Apple filed the patent related to NFC data exchange.
In 2009 - USPTO published Apple patent application on its web site.
[Unkown events in Samsung's Xerox Lab]
In 2012 - Samsung introduced Galaxy S3 with S-beam

It is clear to everyone now the "unkown event" between 2009 and 2012 leading up to the introduction of Galaxy S3 was that Samsung was browsing USPTO's web site and found Apple's patent application.

Given Samsung's copybot history, what do you think they were going to do when they find an interesting idea in a published patent application on USPTO web site?

Answer: Implement it first and claim itself as inventor via marketing (e.x by touching phone?? Weeeeee!)

posted on 04 Jun 2013, 08:20 4

22. Klamba92 (Posts: 203; Member since: 25 Jun 2012)


Does the iPhone even have WiFi direct, because if it does I could not find it and bluetooth seems to only work on apple devices on non jail broken devices. So if this is the case the next iPhone will use NFC and WiFi direct that can sync data across devices, it is a pretty good feature but once again apple are late to the party. They will probably make it look like they were the first one to do it and call it something like ibeam, itransfer or hyper beam! The good news though is NFC will pick up and we will finally be able to use NFC for payments more often!

posted on 04 Jun 2013, 08:24 5

23. ddeath (Posts: 163; Member since: 14 Apr 2012)


It's weird that they can have a patent for something they don't have. Isn't NFC triggered file transfer already out there? How can USPTO award patents for some things that are available or what the NFC technology is already supposed to do?

posted on 04 Jun 2013, 08:42 7

26. dragonscourgex (Posts: 307; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)


Apple, Trolling since 2007.

posted on 04 Jun 2013, 08:54 4

27. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6581; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


R U FCKN SERIOUS?

posted on 04 Jun 2013, 09:21 8

31. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


Apple has bribed the USPTO...?

®

posted on 04 Jun 2013, 10:53 1

38. taikucing (unregistered)


Money talks ℗

posted on 04 Jun 2013, 10:56 5

39. tedkord (Posts: 4944; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Time for Mxy to step in and claim this is Apple being a leader again with innovation at its finest.

posted on 04 Jun 2013, 12:50 1

45. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6581; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


NFC been out for almost 2yrs how the hell u call having NFC PATENT innovated? they just want too BAN COMPETITION. itekord

posted on 04 Jun 2013, 11:29 1

40. skymitch89 (Posts: 1080; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)


And after the next iOS/iPhone is released, Apple will be suing Samsung over this.

posted on 04 Jun 2013, 11:40 1

43. tedkord (Posts: 4944; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Why wait? The patent has already been awarded.

posted on 04 Jun 2013, 12:01 4

44. JMartin22 (Posts: 1221; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)


Every time I see "USPTO", "Apple" and the word "awarded", I kind of want to throw up.

posted on 04 Jun 2013, 17:16 1

48. Bernoulli (Posts: 1451; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


What?? These are essential patents that no one can have! haha so then should nokia patent camera phones for being the very first to use a camera in a mobile phone?? besides, I already transfer via nfc from my nokia 808 pureview to my cousin's galaxy s3, that's across platform isn't it??

posted on 04 Jun 2013, 17:47

50. jroc74 (Posts: 4947; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


This is either very specific to Apple or its insane....Apple isnt even using the technology in their devices yet....

posted on 04 Jun 2013, 18:15

51. donfem (Posts: 550; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


What I find baffling is how apple can coin another name for an existing innovation and get a patent registered. Hmm...smells

posted on 05 Jun 2013, 08:49

56. jsdechavez (Posts: 708; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)


Apple is taking too long to catch up on NFC because they will be crippling it yet again just like they did with bluetooth. I won't be surprised if Apple only allows pictures and contacts for NFC sharing.. near useless again!!

posted on 05 Jun 2013, 16:12 1

57. jaychildz (Posts: 106; Member since: 31 May 2013)


I DON"T CARE WHO INVENTED NFC (f**k apple) THEY WEREN'T SMACKING PHONES TOGETHER TO SEND PICS! SO THIS IS THEY NEW NFC. IT'S LIKE CALLING SMARTPHONE CREATORS COPYCATS BECAUSE THE HOUSEPHONE CAME FIRST.

OH YEA & f**k APPLE

posted on 06 Aug 2013, 12:44

58. Dextereous (Posts: 1; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


Check for cross-platform sharing "NfcSharing2Win" on google play, thats awesome app for me for now

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