More Claims of NFC Capabilities in 'Coming Iteration' of iPhone

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The New York Times reports that Apple is in fact looking to deploy a new Qualcomm chip to bring Near Field Communication (NFC) capabilities to the iPhone, although the report stops short of claiming that the technology will appear in the fifth-generation iPhone presumably scheduled for launch in the June-July timeframe.
According to two people with knowledge of the inner workings of a coming iteration of the Apple iPhone - although not necessarily the next one - a chip made by Qualcomm for the phone's processor will also include near-field communication technology, known as N.F.C. This technology enables short-range wireless communications between the phone and an N.F.C reader, and can be used to make mobile payments. It is unclear which version of an iPhone this technology would be built into.
According to one source familiar with the implementation, the NFC technology would be harnessed to allow users to easily make mobile payments tied to their iTunes Store accounts.

Apple's interest in NFC and RFID technologies for mobile applications has been evident for some time based on patent applications and hiring moves, but exactly what the company plans to do with the technology and when it will implement it has remained unclear.

A report from last fall indicated that Apple plans to use it to create wireless "portable remote computing" platforms that could allow users to make their own applications and documents available on other computers. Meanwhile, one analyst claimed in late January that the NFC technology would finally make its appearance in the iPad 2 and iPhone 5, although now that the iPad 2 has been released it is evident that it lacks NFC capabilities.

Reports regarding NFC capabilities have begun to flow in earnest over the past week or so, with one claim that the technology has been pushed back from the iPhone 5 to the iPhone 6 being countered by a second "friend of a friend" report claiming that the iPhone 5 is expected to have the capabilities.

The new report from The New York Times provides little perspective on whether we can in fact expect NFC capabilities to appear in the next iPhone, but it seems clear that Apple is indeed working hard on the technology and seeking to tie it in to the company's massive database of credit card numbers linked to iTunes Store accounts.

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saving107

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this is the worst rumor/speculation ever regarding next gen product (NFC :rolleyes:).

Reports regarding NFC capabilities have begun to flow in earnest over the past week or so, with one claim that the technology has been pushed back from the iPhone 5 to the iPhone 6 being countered by a second "friend of a friend" report claiming that the iPhone 5 is expected to have the capabilities.
 

lostngone

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Security

I have a real problem with RF and security. I can not sit across the street and read data off a conventional mag stripe CC. RF is another story.

With things like RFID, for the most part you can add another layer of security with simple shielding. However you still run the risk of attacks when you remove it for use.

However with NFC in a phone you have a lot more ways to exploit it. You really can't shield it like RFID however as long as it can be securely turned off it "should" accomplish the same thing.
 

dwman

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Another industry getting upended courtesy of Apple. This time it's credit card companies who are most deserving. Your iTunes acct will basically become a prepaid credit card.
 

chelsel

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Flop?

If you have to start an app on your phone, or enter a pin to pay for something (especially under $25.00) then this will fail.
 

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lostngone said:
Do people really need this kind of technology? Is swiping a card too hard?
Well it is one less thing you would need to carry. I love to use my phone as my wallet if it can be done securely.
I would say the ability to consolidate point cards is a plus, wouldn't you? Swiping a card isn't hard, it's having multiple cards on you should you need to swipe them that's the problem.
 

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chelsel said:
If you have to start an app on your phone, or enter a pin to pay for something (especially under $25.00) then this will fail.
There are more uses to NFC than credit cards. NFC chips have been built into the majority of basic cell phones in Japan for a while, and Japan is a country that doesn't use credit cards all that much.

Probably good to check out what Japan does, look at QR codes now, it's been normal in Japan for almost a decade.
 

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chelsel said:
If you have to start an app on your phone, or enter a pin to pay for something (especially under $25.00) then this will fail.
There are more uses to NFC than credit cards. NFC chips have been built into the majority of basic cell phones in Japan for a while, and Japan is a country that doesn't use credit cards all that much.

Probably good to check out what Japan does, look at QR codes now, it's been normal in Japan for almost a decade.
 

ThunderSkunk

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I thought we were all supposed to have bar-codes tattooed on our foreheads for this sort of thing. Or is putting your head on a flatbed scanner at the grocery store too inconvenient? People these days, I swear.

I get the mark of the beast! I get the mark of the beast!

hee haw
 

v66jack

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If you have to start an app on your phone, or enter a pin to pay for something (especially under $25.00) then this will fail.
My card allows me to buy stuff under £15 just be pushing it against a wireless receiver. I guess they just put the same chip into the phone that's in the card. No need for a pin or anything.

Would be cool for bigger purchases if you placed the phone by the reviver then the app opened automatically, you enter the pin and all done.

I can't wait for this stuff to roll out properly.
 

tbobmccoy

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NFC of credit card information scares me just a little. Thieves can easily walk by someone, "brush" into them and retrieve this information. I'm glad I have a passport that was created before the NFCs were installed so I don't have to worry about it. Alternatively, this will make the market for lead iPhone cases boom... :rolleyes:
 

godrifle

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According to two people with knowledge of the inner workings of a coming iteration of the Apple iPhone - although not necessarily the next one -
I think I can safely claim to be someone familiar with the inner workings of a future version of iPhone, though not necessarily the next one.

Reminds me of how a psychic works...
 

dswalins

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I hear with the next phone will be able make AND receive calls. What the heck will they do with these things next. Imagine if I could carry around my music library or take pictures.

Oh, and thank Nostradamus on the "some future version will have NFC". Some future version will have a freakin toaster but it's not much news to report it now without a little more specifics.
 

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NFC of credit card information scares me just a little. Thieves can easily walk by someone, "brush" into them and retrieve this information. I'm glad I have a passport that was created before the NFCs were installed so I don't have to worry about it. Alternatively, this will make the market for lead iPhone cases boom... :rolleyes:

I would assume(and hope) they could only get that info if the associated App is running. I do agree with you about the security in general.
 
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