Apple patent points to NFC on next iteration of the Apple iPhone and Apple iPad

Apple patent points to NFC on next iteration of the Apple iPhone and Apple iPad
A new patent application made by Apple strongly hints that the upcoming versions of the Apple iPhone and Apple iPad will offer support for NFC. The patent application covers the gifting of eBooks, songs and films from iTunes to other iOS totin' friends and family. The application explains how iOS users can send that content via NFC instead of using email via the iTunes Store app, which is the current process involved.

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

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48 Comments

1. sum182

Posts: 229; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

Just curious on how they can patenet this?

2. dorianb

Posts: 617; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

If they can patent a geometric shape.... :facepalm: to U.S. Patent Office

4. TBomb

Posts: 1700; Member since: Dec 28, 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 unregistered

not too mention USPO kisses their apple a..

3. quadrazeus

Posts: 359; Member since: May 03, 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: 157; Member since: Jan 29, 2013

It's the Internet... You expected too much.

8. PK1983

Posts: 215; Member since: Aug 08, 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: May 03, 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: 1043; Member since: Apr 11, 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

20. quadrazeus

Posts: 359; Member since: May 03, 2013

*multiple facepalms*

24. Dorothy69

Posts: 498; Member since: May 21, 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: 1043; Member since: Apr 11, 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.[1] Communication is also possible between an NFC device and an unpowered NFC chip, called a "tag".[2] 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.[3] The standards include ISO/IEC 18092[4] 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.[5] It fits the criteria for being considered a personal area network.[citation needed]

12. darkkjedii

Posts: 31752; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

He didn't read it.

15. sum182

Posts: 229; Member since: Nov 19, 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: 617; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

quadrazeus. This is my thoughts on sum182's comment...http://img.pandawhale.com/37020-didnt-read-lol-eLU8.gif

23. quadrazeus

Posts: 359; Member since: May 03, 2013

LMAOOO +1

25. sum182

Posts: 229; Member since: Nov 19, 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: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

Wow! Nfc as early as late 2013. Now that's innovation!

5. uzidon

Posts: 5; Member since: Aug 15, 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: 157; Member since: Jan 29, 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 unregistered

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: 212; Member since: Jun 25, 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: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 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: 870; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

i thought they said they didnt need NFC (iphone5)

18. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1778; Member since: Oct 18, 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 unregistered

they just want too patent and say make NFC better

13. darkkjedii

Posts: 31752; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

NFC will take off, if apple implements it.

17. MartyK

Posts: 1043; Member since: Apr 11, 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: 31752; Member since: Feb 05, 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: 139; Member since: Jun 13, 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.

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