Next iteration of the Apple iPhone to support NFC
Our source says that he is close to one of the three companies that would know about this, so he obviously must remain anonymous. Last summer, hardware code dumps from two prototypes, the Apple iPhone 5,1 and the Apple iPhone 5.2, revealed support for NFC in both units. Recently, Apple received a patent for a cross-platform data syncing method that uses NFC to set up lines of communication between two devices and then sends the data using a peer-to-peer network, which is exactly how S Beam works. Apple has a feature coming in iOS 7 that uses Wi-Fi direct to send data between iPhones using a peer-to-peer network, eliminating the need for the iPhone users to have to tap the devices.
A few months ago, there was talk about the Apple iPhone 5S offering NFC support in order for Apple to become a player in the mobile payments industry. While the company offers Passbook, right now that application is seen as a digital place to store credit cards, gift cards and loyalty cards and is not a true tap-to-pay application. If our source is right, this will all change with the next iPhone. And Apple won't even have to align itself with Google Wallet since ISIS is now live. That is the mobile payment service owned by Verizon, T-Mobile and AT&T.
Thanks, Anonymous Tipster!
6. dsDoan (Posts: 219; Member since: 28 Dec 2011)
Isn't it Apple's thing to implement obviously desired features two years after Android has implemented them?
Example Given: LTE compatibility
Example Given: Larger than 4 inch screens
10. Commentator (Posts: 2436; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)
Whether or not NFC is all that "desired" is debatable, especially compared to the two much more obviously desired features of LTE and larger screens.
20. izim1 (Posts: 74; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)
It's not "desired" until apple "invents" it. Then all the ifans will go nuts wondering how they survived all this time without it.
35. Gdrye (Posts: 108; Member since: 02 Jan 2012)
sad but true, once NFC hits the iPhone it will become mainstream, i would use it more but my company blocks google wallet, and i dont bring my nexus 7 everywhere i go, ill never buy a carrier phone again, straight unlocked phones are the way to go
30. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2387; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)
Your second example doesn't count. Apple STILL hasn't used a screen larger than 4" yet.
14. ihatesmartphone (unregistered)
Only 2 years late XD...
I'm not sure when they will use 5 inch display for their next iphone...
It will be many many years late....XD
21. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3013; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)
What's the point anyway? There's restriction on bluetooth...and if it has the same scene with the NFC?
15. ilia1986 (unregistered)
Lol actually 3. The Nexus S was available in 2010.
17. james004 (Posts: 477; Member since: 15 May 2013)
Don't get your hopes high. Apple is never bringing nfc. Or atleast not any time soon. apple is stubborn as we have seen in past.
24. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6588; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)
True wayy too late and they shouldn't patent the technology.
5. KFear (Posts: 137; Member since: 06 Feb 2012)
i've never used it. I can see how it might be useful in the future but i don't know of anyone that has ever really put it to good use.
11. aokde (Posts: 186; Member since: 09 Jul 2012)
Check SONY's products. They implement NFC in almost every device thry make.
12. Shatter (Posts: 2030; Member since: 29 May 2013)
You can also buy NFC pads to transfer files between your phone and PC with no cables.
7. axllebeer (Posts: 265; Member since: 05 Apr 2011)
I use it all the time. And that means I'm not using an iOS product. Use it on Android and BlackBerry. I see no security issues. I have my devices to only work when unlocked. Problem solved.
9. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3556; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)
I'm sure Apple is going to claim they invented this technology, and the majority of iPhone users are going to believe so... Nevertheless, I've had my Nokia Lumia 920 for almost 8 months now, and I've used NFC maybe twice.. Currently there just isn't very many outlets for it.. So, the iPhone hasn't been missing out on anything... But, it is good iPhones are getting this technology because NFC is supposed to take off in the near future.
13. Shatter (Posts: 2030; Member since: 29 May 2013)
They are going to call it like Apple iNear and sue every company that tries to make products that do anything similar to it.
16. ilia1986 (unregistered)
Wait.. Windows Phone supports NFC?
27. ilia1986 (unregistered)
I honestly thought only android did.
23. darkkjedii (Posts: 11995; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Good post, but this iPhone user knows better. Apple didn't invent it, but they do need it.
25. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6588; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)
You're right bout that and we will see their fans cheer for NFC.
26. darkkjedii (Posts: 11995; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
You'll also see business's galore cheer for it too. I'm sure your apple bashing fanboy mind failed to think about the million of business's, that cater to apple products, and services, that'll benefit from it.
18. moronman66 (Posts: 159; Member since: 09 Jan 2012)
All I'm saying. Confirmed? I'm skeptical.
22. darkkjedii (Posts: 11995; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
I'm gonna get bashed for saying this, but here goes. NFC will take off when apple implements it, this is no fanboy statement. Apple is very heavily catered to in the business world, from sports, to hotels, to auto makers. When they make the jump, watch how it takes off. And they'd better not act like they invented NFC either.
32. ZeroCide (Posts: 696; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)
Its already talking off. Apple will just take the credit for it.
34. darkkjedii (Posts: 11995; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
The "National Football Conference". Now guess what afc stands for