iOS6 + Passbook + 6th Gen iPhone = NFC?

Discussion in 'iOS 6' started by 1080p, Jun 11, 2012.

  1. 1080p macrumors 68030


    Mar 17, 2010
    Planet Earth
  2. T'hain Esh Kelch macrumors 601

    T'hain Esh Kelch

    Aug 5, 2001
    I certainly hope so. I *really* want NFC in my phone.
  3. ThisIsNotMe Suspended

    Aug 11, 2008
    Everyone seems to love NFC but the fact of the matter is that until there is a standardized payment infrastructure nation wide, it is a relativity pointless feature.

    You would still have to carry you cash/card to most stores/gas stations/ect.

    It is the exact reason why Google Wallet never gained any traction with NFC.

    Why would an airline company or sports stadium invest in NFC when they would still have to support bar codes/QR codes for people without NFC enabled devices?

    Apples solution solves that problem.
  4. VulchR macrumors 68020


    Jun 8, 2009
    Seems logical. Mind you, where I am in the UK NFC is nonexistent. I have had it on my credit card since before Christmas and haven't used it once because there are no card readers here that use NFC. And I still worry somewhat about security....
  5. URFloorMatt macrumors 6502

    Jul 4, 2010
    Washington, D.C.
    Build it and they will come. Apple has 9 car manufacturers putting Siri buttons on their steering wheels. No one's going to standardize the infrastructure until there's a device worth standardizing for.

    As this presentation made clear, Apple has extremely more clout leveraging new functionality than Google. Virtually everyone with an Android device is running 2.3 and 2.4. Almost none are running 3.0 or 4.0. Google Wallet can't get it done.

    It's complimentary functionality, no doubt. You can envision Passbook plus NFC allowing you to leave your wallet at home, as your credit card could be stored on the device and swiped over a paypass-type device.
  6. scottish macrumors 6502a

    Aug 10, 2011
    You might guess from my username that I'm also in the UK and I have to say it is not true that there are no card readers. There isn't many though.
  7. ndavid126 macrumors member

    Jun 3, 2012
    Chicago, Illinois
    There already is Pay With Square and that works with some places.
  8. matttye macrumors 601

    Mar 25, 2009
    Lincoln, England
    Starbucks and McDonald's have it. The only other one I can think of in my town is a heron food store. I have a contact less debit card that I've never used contactlessly, but the technology does impress me.
  9. flipshot macrumors 6502a

    Jul 30, 2007
    Hertfordshire, UK
    Might be because I live near London, but they have started popping up everywhere around here over the past few months. Must be around 40% of shops have them now.
  10. Centralman macrumors newbie

    May 22, 2009
    Ive seen them in lots of places. I think Costa has them, McDonalds has them, Nero coffee has them and I think Starbucks has them too.

    I think if the iphone gets it more places will start using the technology cause they know it is a popular device.
  11. Jordan921 macrumors 601


    Jul 7, 2010
    Bay Area
    I'm hoping for NFC in the new iPhone aswell. As of right now I use the starbucks app to pay for my drinks and all it takes is a scan. Alot more simpler then having to pull out wallet and using cash or pulling out a card and having to swipe it. Hopefully lots more places will get the readers for NFC.
  12. kiwiboi87 macrumors 6502

    Aug 30, 2011
    New Zealand
    I'm keen as for NFC,
    the bus service in welly has just taken up using NFC with android phones,

    and the great thing is, this bus service allows you to buy stuff from shops, subway/coffee stores etc

    so very keen to see it
  13. scottish macrumors 6502a

    Aug 10, 2011
    McDonald's and Starbucks are the ones I thought of when I typed my original message. I wouldn't say there's been a widespread adoption but they are pretty big names with lots of outlets. I read the other day that the Post Office will be rolling NFC out to all of it's branches.
  14. Carlanga macrumors 604


    Nov 5, 2009
    I don't think so; NFC will not come to the iPhone, it's lackluster and only has a few places and I think one bank supporting the android devices w/ NFC. I think this is a technology we as a whole will skip until something better or more efficient comes along.
  15. PAPO macrumors 6502

    Aug 24, 2009
    I have to agree (at least partially) with the OP I think Passbook is apple prepping for NFC, and somewhat testing the waters, if uptake is good enough then we may see NFC soon
  16. theonekcrow macrumors 6502a


    Jul 12, 2009
    I was thinking the same thing, but there are definitely going to be very few retailers on board when and if this launches...
  17. mncmoore macrumors regular


    Sep 4, 2008
    Everyone follows apple. If apple puts it in, NFC will bloom and everyone else will follow.
  18. tdar macrumors 6502a

    Jun 23, 2003
    Alpharetta GA.
    One thing all of you are missing. :apple: leads they do not follow. There will be no NFC , a non standard that is mostly now identified with Google.

    :apple: does not do things to make others $$, they do things to make themselves $.

    So NO to NFC, Yes to pay with apple id in Passbook.
  19. thewitt macrumors 68020


    Sep 13, 2011
    Apple holds 26 NFC patents. It's highly likely they will use them at some point...
  20. kirky29 macrumors 65816


    Jun 17, 2009
    Lincolnshire, England
    The Heron in Lincoln has it?? I'm in Spilsby so nowhere here has it!


    Until my local Sainsbury's or Shell garage has it, it's still useless! --- but.....I do want it!
  21. Technarchy macrumors 604


    May 21, 2012
    Pretty much.

    Just because Google sucks at life and couldn't get it done...
  22. iceman314 macrumors newbie

    May 13, 2004
    I think that Apple is preparing itself to the mobile payment with Passbook, but not necessarily (and only) with the NFC hardware.
    My opinion is that Apple will deploy a system to enable payments, perhaps using NFC for new iPhone, but also with other methods, to use mobile payment also with all other iPhone models equipped with iOS 6.
    Don't forget that the force of iPhone is that one half of the planet (ok, perhaps quite less :)) owns an iPhone 3gs/4/4s and all these phones have not NFC. In order to make this type of payment available soon (I mean, used not only by McDonald's, Starbucks and other big stores), you should consider not only iPhone 5 but also older models, currently on sale.
    How? I don't know :D
  23. Parise macrumors 6502a


    Jun 12, 2012
    Orlando, FL
    I mean, seeing as they own over half the market share I wouldn't exactly say they "suck at life".

    The issue with NFC is that its still relatively in its infancy. Little is still unknown about any potential NFC threats and I'm pretty sure people dont want an non-secure technology transmitting their banking/personal data.

    Cool technology though, hope it catches on for certain things. I'll continue to pay my bills with cash or a physical credit card, however.

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