Prototypes hint at next-gen iPhone with NFC

Prototypes hint at next-gen iPhone with NFC
Chances are that the next iPhone is being actively prototyped somewhere at Apple’s Cupertino labs and one feature that is likely to come with it is a near-field communications or NFC chip. 9to5Mac previously found out hints to a 1136x640 display in data from iPhone 5,1 and 5,2 prototypes, and now the publication also adds that a look in the hardware code dump from the two devices suggests that NFC controllers will be included directly into the power management unit.

This might turn out to be big news - NFC has been slow to catch up until now, but Apple’s commitment to it might speed up its dynamics. This also aligns well with Apple’s newly unveiled PassBook application for iOS 6.0.

Now, add to this the huge collection of credit cards signed up for iTunes and you’ve got the recipe for quick adoption of NFC payments. Other options could include a non-Apple payment processor like Citibank’s PayPass system or others, but in either case this is a direct competitor to the Google Wallet service.

Additionally, NFC could be used for transferring data between devices that are nearby. A couple of Android devices like the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and S III came with such a feature, but only limited to a particular phone and often incompatible with other phones with NFC. For Apple, though, this could be difference as it only has the iPhone in its portfolio.

source: 9to5Mac

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21 Comments

1. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

Ah, finally. Now hopefully places will start using NFC more often :)

2. StrumerJohn

Posts: 66; Member since: May 18, 2011

Well... duh. Did we not already know iOS6 would have a wallet application?

13. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

With Apple on board NFC adoption can start happening quickly. Apple users trust Apple and will actually use the services. Me personally I'd love to have a digital wallet.

17. aztaxia12295

Posts: 272; Member since: Nov 22, 2009

no one cares taco

18. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Obviously you do to read the article and reply to me. Thanks for your support you closet fan :)

15. ap1989

Posts: 145; Member since: Oct 12, 2011

awesome iphone is still ass android is better

19. mtajulmuluk

Posts: 18; Member since: Jun 15, 2012

Wait and see,,,,

21. Sangeet

Posts: 232; Member since: Apr 21, 2012

Apple added NFC.. Now that is innovation (??). LOL no this would be better, "Apple Recreated NFC" That is awesome (Not really) :D

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