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  • Editing Team 09:27 on April 12, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Rumor: Apple’s iPhone 5S Will Come with NFC 

    Apple-iPhone5S-NFC-rfid-blogMany people were disappointed when iPhone 5 was released without NFC capability, but now there is a rumor saying that NFC tag will be a must-have feature in iPhone 5S.

    People want quick settings: they want their Wi-Fi to be on as soon as they reach home; they want to switch off all alerts when they go to bed. With NFC, we believe Apple can make up for all of those, and more.

    As we know, NFC tags can be programmed to cause any reaction from the device we want upon being tapped.

    Imagine having tags that change certain settings (Wi-Fi, location, Bluetooth, DND), launch certain apps (Maps when you plug your iPhone into your car, alarm when you do the same with your bedside dock) at a tap’s notice.

    Also, pre-programmed ones can be placed strategically at various locations. Tapping the Starbucks door can fire up Passbook. The same goes for check-in counters at airports. Food eateries can have their web-pages or apps pop up when you tap their tables.

    There are a lot more possibilities out there, but above all, Apple must make it a reality.

  • Editing Team 11:28 on February 20, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Apple’s Passbook Gets NFC on Android Devices 

    Apple-Passbook-Android-PassWallet-NFC-rfid-blogAttido Mobile has updated its PassWallet app to allow Android devices to beam and redeem “passes” created for Apple’s Passbook via NFC.

    Apple’s Passbook app stores coupons, tickets, loyalty cards and more as .pkpass files. They are typically received by email and redeemed or validated at the point of use by presenting an on-screen 2D barcode to a reader.

    PassWallet was developed to allow Android and BlackBerry users access to these files too, and now Attido has worked with Skycore, the developers behind the CodeReadr mobile data capture platform, to add NFC beaming to the app.

    “Passes stored within PassWallet normally present pass IDs as barcodes for scanning but can now also beam pass IDs via NFC and have those IDs validated and redeemed with the CodeReadr app on NFC-enabled Android devices,” the partners say.

    “Apple created the Passbook standard for card, coupon and ticket delivery to iOS devices. My team built PassWallet to fill the gap for the Android platform,” adds Attido’s Andy Nugent. “We then expanded the technology to support NFC redemption on Android through our partnership with the CodeReadr team.”

    “Beaming NFC passes has the potential to eventually offer a fast, secure and seamless tap-to-validate process for passes,” points out Skycore CEO Rich Eicher. “As the technology matures and becomes broadly available, we expect consumers will find convenience in a simple tap.”

  • Editing Team 18:06 on September 24, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    First Bout between Passbook and NFC 

    Apple-iPhone5-Passbook-iOS6-NFC-rfid-blogWhen Apple announced iPhone 5 without NFC, some people were upset. Yet if you look around the iPhone 5, you may find another NFC alternative — Passbook. The company has released the first related apps for Passbook. Now iPhone users can get their first taste of what the new feature can do.

    Passbook is a new application that operates on iOS 6. It can store and take the place of gift cards, loyalty cards and boarding passes, etc.

    Here is the full list of Passbook compatible apps (of Sept. 19):

    •Fandango Movie – Times & Tickets

    •Live Nation


    •MLB.com At Bat

    •Sephora to Go



    However, the list is relatively shorter than the number of company apps Apple showed off at the publication of Passbook.

    We should expect to see Delta Airlines, American Airlines, United Airlines, Starbucks, Target, Amtrak, W Hotels and Apple’s own retail store all join the list, if Apple succeeds in those demos.

    Passbook vs. NFC

    If you know what NFC can do, you may find it very similar to Passbook.

    With the proper apps, NFC is able to do most of what Passbook can do. The difference is that NFC relies on devices to communicate with each other while Passbook uses the display to allow vendors to scan data.

    Many had expected NFC to be on the new smartphone, so Apple has been blasted for the omission since the announcement.

    Apple Senior VP Phil Schiller defended the decision by saying that he doubted if NFC could really solve any current problems and Passbook can service the needs of today’s customers.

    Whether or not Passbook can truly outshine NFC is only something time, the marketplace and Apple’s App Store will tell.

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