Apple patent points to NFC on next iteration of the Apple iPhone and Apple iPad
The advantage for using NFC instead of email is that the files could be transferred even when there is no internet connection. Using NFC, the locked files are transferred to the gift iOS device. Once your friend (or family member) is back within range of an internet signal, the file is authenticated and the digital "present" ready to be opened. The application, titled "Media gifting devices and methods," covers gifting content and media directly from iTunes and the gifting of media already downloaded on the sender's device. Right now, there is no method that will "gift" digital media directly from one iOS device to another.
The patent application doesn't guarantee that NFC will be enabled on the next generation of iOS devices, but it certainly is a positive sign for those hoping for the feature on their next iPhone.
source: USPTO via AppleInsider
2. dorianb (Posts: 531; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)
If they can patent a geometric shape....
:facepalm: to U.S. Patent Office
4. TBomb (Posts: 391; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)
If they patent a shape again i may start patenting shapes too. I'm gonna call it a Rectangle. It's going to have 4 sides and 4 90-degree angles that make it an enclosed shape. If anyone ever steals this im going to sue you for a billion dollars.
47. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 7005; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)
not too mention USPO kisses their apple a..
3. quadrazeus (Posts: 359; Member since: 03 May 2013)
Did you even read the article? "The patent application covers the gifting of eBooks, songs and films from iTunes to other iOS totin' friends and family"
Apple isn't patenting the use of NFC as a whole! They are patenting the use of NFC to send digital media as a gift. Tell me if that already exists on any android device? Nope.
6. illusionmist (Posts: 135; Member since: 29 Jan 2013)
It's the Internet... You expected too much.
8. PK1983 (Posts: 215; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)
By gift you mean encourage the other iphone user to pay for a copy of what you just purchased. There is no way in this or any universe Apple will cut off any potential source of revenue.
9. quadrazeus (Posts: 359; Member since: 03 May 2013)
Or, you could have read the article before jumping straight to the comments section. "The file is authenticated and the digital "present" ready to be opened".
That implies, the other iPhone user, who received the gift, does NOT have to purchase it. Because it is a GIFT.
Apple haters like you are always ready to make up false facts. But then again, they fail hard as usual.
14. MartyK (Posts: 729; Member since: 11 Apr 2012)
What in the Hell are you talking about?
"The file is authenticated and the digital "present" ready to be opened".
If the device is sending data (gift, package, pictures, I.O.U, greeting card anything) you can not get it patent!
You and APPLE are splitting hairs...trying to make it seem like something new because you change the name of the transmission of data?, get real!..smh
24. Dorothy69 (banned) (Posts: 498; Member since: 21 May 2013)
Wow, that would make me feel more special than I am and not worthy.
I have a special gift I'd like to give you.
11. MartyK (Posts: 729; Member since: 11 Apr 2012)
Near field communication (NFC) is a set of standards for smartphones and similar devices to establish radio communication with each other by touching them together or bringing them into proximity, usually no more than a few inches. Present and anticipated applications include contactless transactions, data exchange, and simplified setup of more complex communications such as Wi-Fi. Communication is also possible between an NFC device and an unpowered NFC chip, called a "tag".
NFC standards cover communications protocols and data exchange formats, and are based on existing radio-frequency identification (RFID) standards including ISO/IEC 14443 and FeliCa. The standards include ISO/IEC 18092 and those defined by the NFC Forum, which was founded in 2004 by Nokia, Philips and Sony, and now has more than 160 members. The Forum also promotes NFC and certifies device compliance. It fits the criteria for being considered a personal area network.
15. sum182 (Posts: 229; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)
Your right, theres no android phone that sends iTunes things....so thats what they're patenting, Sending iTunes files....k, sounds fine by me. I stepped away from that proprietary garbage a while ago. I'll just continue to send my unrestricted files with NFC.
16. dorianb (Posts: 531; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)
quadrazeus. This is my thoughts on sum182's comment...
25. sum182 (Posts: 229; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)
still waiting on the answer to how you think they can patent this. i read the article genius's, but when you dont have an apple stuck in your eye, you see a little clearer. We've been sending digital media with NFC for a while now....your gonna tell me the "as a gift" line really makes a difference? lol when you "share" a file with someone, how is it not a "gift". And again, if its specific to iTunes, its proprietary already....so noone else will be able to anyways....
46. medicci37 (Posts: 961; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)
Wow! Nfc as early as late 2013. Now that's innovation!
5. uzidon (Posts: 5; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)
I still remember how, during the iOS 7 unveiling, Craig Federighi made fun of NFC:
"No need to wander around the room, bumping your phone with others'... "
Audience might have laughed thinking it was another one of his "jokes", but I laughed because I knew it's the next thing they're gonna introduce in their models. They always do this. First mock something and then, a year or two later, adopt it with telling people how it magically became all user-friendly and brilliantly cool when they implemented it.
Can't innovate any more, my a$$! Way to go, Apple!
7. illusionmist (Posts: 135; Member since: 29 Jan 2013)
I don't see why they can't do this (sending gift) with bluetooth or even AirDrop. Owning a patent doesn't mean they have to use it, you know.
30. stealthd (Posts: 1060; Member since: 12 Jun 2011)
Bumping your phone to send files is a lot less practical than Samsung's commercials make it look. Even sending files between two S3's initiated by NFC is a slow, unintuitive process. NFC has its uses, but using it for file transfer is just a gimmick.
42. Klamba92 (Posts: 208; Member since: 25 Jun 2012)
Did you have s-beam enabled on both, because I transfer near 2gb movies and tv shows in around 3-4 mins and pictures in seconds! Its practical for me, but that could because I use NFC and WiFi direct a lot.
37. sprockkets (Posts: 1555; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)
Kinda stupid, as apple had a commercial saying you could bump phones together to share contacts. Forgot the app name that did that.
10. StreetNerd (Posts: 739; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)
i thought they said they didnt need NFC (iphone5)
18. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1702; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
They also "didnt" need a bigger screen 3.5" was PERFECT according to Jobs. Also Apple was supposed to be "premium" now they are using cheap plastic. Now that Jobs is dead, it's free game to try and compete now that they are losing market share.
48. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 7005; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)
they just want too patent and say make NFC better
13. darkkjedii (Posts: 14708; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
NFC will take off, if apple implements it.
17. MartyK (Posts: 729; Member since: 11 Apr 2012)
hahahaha.....dakkjedii are you serious?..
Maybe it will take off for the iphone users, but my google wallet has been working great for the pass few months, not only that Paypal, and American express is doing well also...any way welcome to the year 2012-13...hahaha
26. darkkjedii (Posts: 14708; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Marty that wasn't a fanboy statement bro. Look at it like this, think of all the business that cater to apple devices, from cars to hospitals sports leagues to schools, and even NASA. Don't you think with apple implementing NFC these entities will also look to offer things for those services? Sorry if I sounded fanboyish, as that wasn't my intent, but apple is heavily catered to around the world, and this'll make NFC really take off. Do you agree?
31. letgomyeggroll (Posts: 138; Member since: 13 Jun 2012)
I don't agree darkjedii, Apple has been taking advantage of the trend that people made as it is. More companies and governments (like FBI) are starting to drop Apple devices. Since the technology of the Apple's have been since the original IPhone.
Apple spent more money on marketing than any other companies. Yes it did pay off, but consumers are getting smarter as they notice that Apple's innovations, are innovation of their own.
So no, NFC have been taking off. How they going use it will determine much it will develope. Itunes will not make it look any better.
43. darkkjedii (Posts: 14708; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Bro you somehow missed my entire point. My post wasn't based on apple innovating, or things like that. It's based on the millions of people that use apple devices joining the millions that use android. NFC can only benefit from apples involvement, just like the Heat benefitted from Bron joining the team. Android is D Wade, the one that's already there, iOS is Bron, joining the team, NFC is the Heat. Back to back titles, need I say more?
35. MartyK (Posts: 729; Member since: 11 Apr 2012)
Yeah you're right...I apologize, on that note, it will move much faster since all the players will be using NFC, sorry..
To be honest, I'm glad everyone is going this route we need them to do cross platform so we all can share with each other.
I am wondering who is out there trying to hack NFC to get information off our phone, all the companies need to focus on more security.
41. darkkjedii (Posts: 14708; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
That's all I meant too, I just worded it fanboyishly...my bad. With the #1 and 2 OS's offering support for it, we will now see it blow up. Hackers are the bad part of NFC blowing up. They'll be more interested as more users get on board.
21. Dorothy69 (banned) (Posts: 498; Member since: 21 May 2013)
Once Apple iMplements it, just like little shaggy puppies, all of you will obey and follow, thereby, making it a "Revolutionary" success. And, then we'll see John Malkovich in newly updated commercials asking Siri to make a payment as he continues an endless conversation with her about absolutely nothing.
22. letgomyeggroll (Posts: 138; Member since: 13 Jun 2012)
NFC have been taking off!!!! Samsung have been using this for their phones, tablets and TVs.
Apple can reword how it being use BUT it still NFC technology in which Samsung has it their devices for couple years now. So they want to patent to be use in ITunes only! Why waste the time and effort when Apple's device are the only thing that uses that?
I'm sure the patent will get deny, and it's another BS from Apple trying to take credit for another innovation that they DID not come up originally!!!!
I have the Samsung S3 and it has the NFC and I can share my all my files and live videos with other Samsung users of tablets, phone and tvs. On top of that I can share the pictures instantly as soon as I snap the picture.
So you Apple fanboys.....what is the difference, and what make this new to be special for Apple? Apple finally figured it out that is a very good innovation to be use widely?
27. sum182 (Posts: 229; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)
The first phone to utilize NFC was the Nexus S, manufactured by sammy, but a Nexus all the way. Sammy isnt the only use and hasnt been the only one using the technology. They've just developed their own proprietary apps that utilize it,
29. letgomyeggroll (Posts: 138; Member since: 13 Jun 2012)
Get it straight sum182, Nexus is basically Samsung, no difference.
34. SonyPS4 (Posts: 301; Member since: 21 May 2013)
Nokia 6131 (2006) is the first using NFC tech. Samsung fans also same like Apple fans.
36. letgomyeggroll (Posts: 138; Member since: 13 Jun 2012)
Sony, I never said Samsung was the first who came out with NFC. Samsung has been using it for a while now within their device.
What was the purpose of NFC in Nokia 6131? Because Nokia are known to put stuff in their device that no one care to use.
28. HouTexan (Posts: 363; Member since: 08 Jan 2012)
That is a joke. NFC has taken off already, without Apple.
45. darkkjedii (Posts: 14708; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Exactly HT, taken off but not blown up. There's an extremely large consumer base not using it. Apples... The fact that you said it's a joke means, you simply won't agree no matter what, so no need to discuss it any further.
32. letgomyeggroll (Posts: 138; Member since: 13 Jun 2012)
The last time I used I-Tunes, you couldn't share your library within your own family members, so whats the point of the NFC on the IPhone?
33. SonyPS4 (Posts: 301; Member since: 21 May 2013)
FYI Sony, Nokia and Philips create this technology. i dont understand how Apple can patent this. Something is worng with patent law.
38. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1702; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
Well they have to change SOMETHING right? Might as well be something that already exists on other phones for like 2 years. Apple - behind the curve since '09