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

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.

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



1. special4u

Posts: 63; Member since: May 22, 2013

did american know that korean invented that technology?


Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

And his name was Sam Sung!!

10. EXkurogane

Posts: 863; Member since: Mar 07, 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.

15. Ohrules

Posts: 327; Member since: Jun 11, 2012

wait...gsmarena's page does not say anything about it having NFC!

18. EXkurogane

Posts: 863; Member since: Mar 07, 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.

32. Ohrules

Posts: 327; Member since: Jun 11, 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!

36. Marcus_h

Posts: 44; Member since: Apr 21, 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.

35. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 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)

37. Marcus_h

Posts: 44; Member since: Apr 21, 2012

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

41. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

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

49. jaychildz

Posts: 144; Member since: May 31, 2013

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

25. dragonscourgex

Posts: 307; Member since: Jan 16, 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 . 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.

47. htc_evo_3d

Posts: 84; Member since: Mar 11, 2013

And finally Apple patents them

53. phil2n

Posts: 519; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

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

2. pratyushgaur.6

Posts: 24; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

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

9. eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 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...

54. iLegend

Posts: 41; Member since: Jun 05, 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 grow up and stop hating it...!!

3. EXkurogane

Posts: 863; Member since: Mar 07, 2013

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

7. eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 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.

30. bucky

Posts: 3784; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Apple wants iTunes controlling everything. Good or bad some prefer it and some don't. Not dumb because you don't like it.

33. eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 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.

42. bucky

Posts: 3784; Member since: Sep 30, 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

46. eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 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??

55. iLegend

Posts: 41; Member since: Jun 05, 2013

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


Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 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.

24. JunBringer

Posts: 138; Member since: Oct 01, 2012

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

34. eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

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

5. decent4u

Posts: 75; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

They just patented this so they can sue more companies

29. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

and they can ban them too. fckN DUMB USPTO

6. Doctor.Who

Posts: 5; Member since: May 23, 2013

Down with aPpLe !

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