IPhone 5 with NFC Sees the Possibility
While the next iPhone (or iPhone 5, as many people are calling it) is already rumored to have a larger display and a different design, new rumors suggest the phone will also have Near Field Communication (NFC) technology. NFC chips enable people to send data between two NFC-equipped devices. You can tap a phone to a credit card reader to pay, for instance, or bump two phones gently together to send photos or video from one to the other.
According to the Apple blog 9to5Mac, data found in code for the next iPhone reveals that the phone will have NFC controllers.
Apple showed off the next version of its iPhone and iPad operating system — iOS 6 — earlier this month at its WWDC conference. Included in the software is an app called Passbook, which helps users to store electronic edition of bill, ticket, boarding check and other information. Many speculate that this app will have NFC capabilities.
Apple is expected to release the next iPhone in the second half of the year, perhaps in September or October, close to a year after the iPhone 4S was released. Apple has not said anything publicly about the next version of its iPhone.
NFC technology is still in its infancy, but Google has already entered this field. Some Android phones have already equipped NFC module and Google is still popularizing its Google Wallet service. Seen from the opportunity, it’s a good time for Apple to enter this newly-born field.