View Full Version : Apple may turn to RFID tags for easy Wi-Fi setup

Mar 9, 2007, 03:15 AM
Apple Inc. may turn to RFID tags to simplify Wi-Fi networking of its next-generation Mac and consumer electronics devices, a recent patent filing has revealed.

The filing, titled simply "RFID network arrangement," describes a system in which a router -- such as an AirPort Extreme Base station -- would hold an RFID transceiver containing all of the network's configuration information, including authentication and encryption keys.

When an Wi-Fi-enabled electronics device containing a synchronized RFID tag -- essentially a small hardware patch -- comes within range of the router, the RFID transceiver would automatically transfer the necessary configuration info to the RFID tag without prompting the user to perform software setup.

As Apple notes in the filing, the wireless devices would not need to be turned in order for their RFID tags to communicate and synchronize with the RFID transceiver. Instead, authentication information could be exchanged through the use of passive RFID tags or help from a separate, smaller power supply. As soon as the devices turn on, they'd read the authentication info from the RFID tag an instantly connect to the network.

The filing, which was submitted to the United States Patent and Trademark on September 6th, 2005, and published for the first time on Thursday, adds that RFID network arrangements are particularly useful for devices that lack visual displays and input components, such as the Apple remote.


source: http://www.appleinsider.com/article.php?id=2557

Mar 9, 2007, 07:55 AM
Such a good idea! Another step to make networking even easier. Have you submitted this?

Mar 9, 2007, 09:48 AM
Aren't RFID tags part of Steve Wozniak's "Wheels of Zeus (http://woz.com/2005/index.html)" GPS product line? Hmmmm.

Mar 9, 2007, 02:06 PM
Yes this should be on MR page one or two.

It's more interesting than yet another boring rumor about santa rosa or google or whatever. This is something genuinely new.

I have submitted the OP, not sure if I've done it right though.

Mar 9, 2007, 03:33 PM
I hate RFID chips!!!! :mad:

I'm not even close to being christian and I can tell they are the "mark of the beast."

Not kidding. :eek:

Mar 9, 2007, 03:43 PM

Anyway, if it makes it easier for users, then I guess I'm for it.

Mar 9, 2007, 05:55 PM
I hate RFID chips!!!! :mad:

I'm not even close to being christian and I can tell they are the "mark of the beast."

Not kidding. :eek:


I agree that RFID chips have many dangerous implications, and I am very very against some of the proposed uses of them. I've written letters and signed petitions on this issue.

This, however, is a relatively benign use of them, for a purpose similar to exchanging setup data between a TV video machine and a TV remote control.

You're off on a bit of a wonky bender here.

Hammers can be used to do some very nasty things, most of which are already illegal (unlike some proposed uses of RFIDs), but I wouldn't advocate a ban all hammers, just on the use of them in unethical ways.

Mar 10, 2007, 07:49 AM
Please continue the discussion in the front page thread here: http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=286291

Normally I would merge the threads, but for various reasons which I don't really want to get into, I'm electing to just direct the conversation to the front page story.