Next-Generation iPhone Prototypes Reportedly Support NFC for Mobile Payments

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    9to5Mac reports that it has reanalyzed the previously-obtained hardware code dump for Apple's next-generation iPhone prototypes and discovered that the code makes reference to hardware components supporting near field communication (NFC) capabilities.
    NFC enables short-range wireless communication between devices and chip readers, with the most high-profile deployment of the technology being for contact-less payment systems.

    Rumors of NFC support for the iPhone have been circulating for some time, with The New York Times giving a substantial boost to the discussion back in March 2011 with its claims that the technology would be available in a "coming iteration of the Apple iPhone - although not necessarily the next one". NFC did not arrive in the iPhone 4S released last October, and thus expectations for the 2012 iPhone and NFC have been heightened.

    Apple did not directly address the topic of NFC in iOS 6 at its Worldwide Developers Conference earlier this month, but the company did announce a new Passbook digital wallet app which strongly suggests that company is moving toward offering NFC services. As announced, Passbook serves as a time- and location-aware app for storing digital tickets, coupons, loyalty cards, and more.
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    Adding an NFC component to Passbook would be a natural step to eliminate the need to physically scan barcodes on the iPhone's screen, allowing users to simply wave their devices near readers to activate Passbook items.

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    Nfc!!! Whooo!!!! Can't wait for Apple Wallet!!
     
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    Now this is getting interesting! And Passbook seems suddenly very useful. :)
     
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    Seems almost a given with the introduction of Passbook.
     
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    wasn't the same thing said about the iPhone 4S? although it does seem to be more likely given the inclusion of Passbook, but i wouldn't hold out hope just yet because you never know with apple.
     
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    Liking the sounds of this. Goodness knows what will happen if you run out of battery.... :confused:
     
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    Another thing stolen from Google :confused: Apple may as well just try and buy Google considering all the recent things they take from them.
     
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    They stole NFC from Google?
     
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    Android stole their entire existence from apple. NFC has been around in other countries way before google wallet. Know your facts.
     
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    Not to mention that if you lose your iPhone, you just lost your money temporarily (for that night or however long until you get a new one & restore).
     
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    Is it just me, or do those iphones in the picture look a little different? :D
     
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    pretty obvs, they will probably announce the NFC chip along some partnerships like starbucks at the new iPhone keynote
     
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    I prefer the AFC.

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    Nokia had the first NFC phone in '06.
    (Phillips, Sony and Nokia we're all part of the NFC forum however.)
     
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    Yeah, I figured it. I said it probably would when they introduced Passports. It all makes sense now.
     
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    TSA will love Passbook - not

    (slightly off topic) I can't the see the TSA allowing Passbook for boarding passes at airports. It would totally disrupt their procedure of stamping and/or writing on the physical boarding pass for their own reasons.

    Not that I am against disrupting the TSA :D

    Although it's interesting that the only boarding pass shown is from Amtrak - who told the TSA's VIPR teams to GTFO of train stations.
     
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    Its a 3.5" iPhone 4S. lol.
     
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    you can already use your phone as a boarding card to check in. doesnt even require NFC
     
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    Considering that Android came out in Sept 2008 and I remember seeing vending machines that allowed payment via cellphones in Japan well before that, I don't think Apple stole anything from Google...
     
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    Well nobody can say that Apple stole NFC from Google, but Google "did it first" (as in, phone wallet) and Apple will be doing it now.

    Which is a good thing.

    This is not about "stealing", this is about driving technology forward, something that both Android and iPhone users should understand. Unfortunately Apple is not helping by frequently claiming "how everyone is copying from them", but that's just a narcissistic statement from a narcissistic company, we got loads of those.

    So yeah, Google did it first like a lot of things that Apple is introducing lately, but who cares - it's good that Apple is introducing those features too. Good ideas should be promoted, not avoided for the sake of competition.

    EDIT: WOW, -13 points, this proves that there's a lot off blindly devoted Apple fanboys here... I wrote a bit of truth that actually DEFENDS Apple and I get downvoted, way to go guys, give yourself a round of applause.
     
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    That would make sense, as I don't see Apple adding Passbook just for starbucks gift cards and airline tickets.
     
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    I think Google patented that.
     

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