Rumor: Next iPhone to include NFC

Everyone seems to be expecting a bigger iPhone come this Fall, but what other surprises might Apple be hiding? It's possible that that the new iPhone's 'other' killer feature could be Near Field Communication (NFC), offering a digital wallet and lots of other cool goodies.

9to5Mac discovered the NFC feature by analyzing hardware code dumps from two previously discovered iPhone prototype devices floating around Cupertino, both of which feature larger displays. An NFC feature, which Apple fans have been speculating about for years now, could tie in quite nicely with Apple's recently announced Passbook service by taking things a bit further than discount cards and movie tickets.

From the beginning, it's seemed like NFC was the one crucial feature Passbook was missing. Coupled with a fairly recent NFC patent from Apple (seen below), it seems like now is the logical time to integrate NFC with the iPhone.

NFC has some other awesome features, too, of course - a great way to share files with nearby iDevices, for instance - but it could potentially help Apple to generate a ton of cash. By tapping into Apple's already massive iTunes credit card database, it would be possible to generate a not-so-negligible sum by processing wireless payments. On the other hand, if that's not a market that Apple wants to get into, they could leave the actually processing to some other company, or even open the system up to a variety of partners.

Regardless, it seems like a logical next step for Apple to put NFC in the iPhone, and a sure fire way to make sure they continue to occupy a highly competitive place in the market in the face of growing competition. On the other hand, NFC is a feature that iPhone fans have been expecting for a while now, and Apple's probably been testing it out for a while. Consider Apple's penchant for secrecy, it's perfectly possible that both NFC and the bigger screen could just be among the myriad prototypes set up and leaked to foil the press.

Image via: Patently Apple

Via: Gizmodo
Source: 9to5Mac

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Killer feature lol, most new phones have NFC hell Barclays in England have an advert showing someone paying for something with there phone. But of course apples fairy dust and crap talk will win out in the end

On the picture of the iPhone, you can see that iTunes is separate from the rest. Does this mean we will have more freedom of placing our icons instead of auto arrange?

ccoltmanm said,
On the picture of the iPhone, you can see that iTunes is separate from the rest. Does this mean we will have more freedom of placing our icons instead of auto arrange?

You can already arrange your icons however you want

Kind of like how Siri was supposed to revolutionize the way we interact with our phones, except it didn't. Their commercials would have you think that it did, though.

sexypepperoni said,
With the power of Apple, NFC payments will become a standard way of paying in no time. Go Apple!

Others have done the same before Apple, and will continue to do so if anything crazy were to happen to Apple. The tech world does not rely on what Apple does and does not do.

techbeck said,

Others have done the same before Apple, and will continue to do so if anything crazy were to happen to Apple. The tech world does not rely on what Apple does and does not do.

Weird. Sexypepperoni must have edited his post since nothing in it suggested only Apple does this and that the tech world relies on Apple.

ILikeTobacco said,

Weird. Sexypepperoni must have edited his post since nothing in it suggested only Apple does this and that the tech world relies on Apple.

Are you his body guard now? Cant he speak for himself?

He implied that Apple is the company needed to make NFC become popular. I merely stated that other companies can do it besides Apple. A lot of people here think Apple ****s gold all the time and are the gods among the tech industry. I was just stating a fact that others have done great things before Apple and will continue to do so.

Seriously dude, not hard to understand.

techbeck said,

He implied that Apple is the company needed to make NFC become popular.

So your admitting that your assuming things and attacking someone based on something that wasn't actually said. Got it.

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I know right? Such useless articles lol

I know these type posts get views which means money but they're so frustrating. I HATE rumor articles on technology websites/blogs. They're SO pointless.

How is it a "killer feature" if most phones will also have NFC around the same time the iPhone 5 comes out? I guess Apple will just market the hell out of it and people will forget that everyone else has NFC.

Enron said,
How is it a "killer feature" if most phones will also have NFC around the same time the iPhone 5 comes out? I guess Apple will just market the hell out of it and people will forget that everyone else has NFC.

It's a killer feature because its Apple. If this catches on, this will no longer be a random feature on random phones. It will go mainstream and all the big retail stores will start using it. Nobody else markets the way Apple can so Apple doing this is great news for everyone. The currently useless feature may end up having a use. I have yet to be in a single store that uses this.

ILikeTobacco said,
I have yet to be in a single store that uses this.

I believe McDonalds have adopted this technology in all their stores (in the UK at least) and Tesco have added a few here and there

ILikeTobacco said,

It's a killer feature because its Apple. If this catches on, this will no longer be a random feature on random phones. It will go mainstream and all the big retail stores will start using it. Nobody else markets the way Apple can so Apple doing this is great news for everyone. The currently useless feature may end up having a use. I have yet to be in a single store that uses this.

I think they're still building a lot of the back end infrastructure needed (at least in the US) to get NFC in regular everyday use. If Apple helps speed that along, fine, but they might also wait until the infrastructure is there before including the feature, like they dragged their feet on 3G at first and now LTE. I wouldn't say they're a catalyst for everything.

richardsim7 said,

I believe McDonalds have adopted this technology in all their stores (in the UK at least) and Tesco have added a few here and there

Haven't come across a McDonalds in the USA yet that has one. Of course, we have a McDonalds on every city block so it may just come down to funding and wanting to trial it in a more concentrated population.

Enron said,

I think they're still building a lot of the back end infrastructure needed (at least in the US) to get NFC in regular everyday use. If Apple helps speed that along, fine, but they might also wait until the infrastructure is there before including the feature, like they dragged their feet on 3G at first and now LTE. I wouldn't say they're a catalyst for everything.


Difference is we are talking about functionality and not just a speed boost. Examples, smart phones exists before the iPhone, voice recognition existed before siri, tablets existed before iPad. iPhones are the most popular single device on the market. If that user base all got this technology, it would provide a huge incentive for companies to start using this technology. Wouldn't surprise me if Apple invested in companies that provide this infrastructure at the same time as adding it to the iPhone.

ILikeTobacco said,

Difference is we are talking about functionality and not just a speed boost. Examples, smart phones exists before the iPhone, voice recognition existed before siri, tablets existed before iPad. iPhones are the most popular single device on the market. If that user base all got this technology, it would provide a huge incentive for companies to start using this technology. Wouldn't surprise me if Apple invested in companies that provide this infrastructure at the same time as adding it to the iPhone.

There are many other things that took off without Apples help as well. The tech industry can and has done well without Apple.

techbeck said,

There are many other things that took off without Apples help as well. The tech industry can and has done well without Apple.

Did someone else say anything to suggest only Apple can do this? Stop trolling tech. You know better.

techbeck said,

There are many other things that took off without Apples help as well. The tech industry can and has done well without Apple.

But not as good as Apple. Not talking about innovation, but the way their devices are compiled with amazing features, most phones don't always do things that you need to do on an Apple. Honestly, I despise Android for it's inability to update on all devices, unlike Apple, they keep their software organized instead of spreading everything out there. They've basically built a framework where you can manage them all in one place.

techbeck said,

http://www.nearfieldcommunication.org/nfc-merchants.html

McDonalds, CVS, and a lot of others and smaller businesses use it. Click on the MasterCard PayPass locator and you an search for what businesses use it currently. Same with the Google Wallet locator.


Checked my town, CVS and Foot Locker are the only places that have it besides three crappy fast food places, Braums, Whataburger and the worst McDonalds in town out of 13. Explains why I never see it. Until a major retailer like Walmart has it, NFC can hardly be considered a success.

ILikeTobacco said,

It's a killer feature because its Apple. If this catches on, this will no longer be a random feature on random phones. It will go mainstream and all the big retail stores will start using it.

You mean like Thunderbolt?

ILikeTobacco said,

Did someone else say anything to suggest only Apple can do this? Stop trolling tech. You know better.

I quoted the wrong post of yours....you said...


It's a killer feature because its Apple. If this catches on, this will no longer be a random feature on random phones. It will go mainstream and all the big retail stores will start using it. Nobody else markets the way Apple can so Apple doing this is great news for everyone. The currently useless feature may end up having a use. I have yet to be in a single store that uses this.

You implied that Apple is the number one selling phone (true) and if NFC catches on with Apple, then all the stores will get it and start using it. Just because Apple adapts it, doesnt mean the world will all of a sudden. My point was, there are other companies that have set the trend before Apple started, and there will be companies after Apple as well. Where Apple lacks, others will take over.

Before labeling someone a troll, READ what a troll is. I swear people here love to toss out that word left and right here. I stated an fact in relation to a post here.

ILikeTobacco said,

Checked my town, CVS and Foot Locker are the only places that have it besides three crappy fast food places, Braums, Whataburger and the worst McDonalds in town out of 13. Explains why I never see it. Until a major retailer like Walmart has it, NFC can hardly be considered a success.

Never said it was a success currently. Just thousands of people are using it. In my small town, so far 16 places have it. There are also security issues that have popped up with NFC and may be partial reason why a lot of places have not started using it yet.

There are a bunch of phones that already have NFC, and more on the way.
http://www.nfcworld.com/nfc-phones-list

techbeck said,

Before labeling someone a troll, READ what a troll is. I swear people here love to toss out that word left and right here. I stated an fact in relation to a post here.

Via Wikipedia: Troll, someone who purposely derails a conversation for whatever reason. In your case, to spread anti apple propaganda.

This article is about a feature that Apple may be adding and your only purpose here is to tell everyone about how bad this will fail because of how some other brand failed to make it success. Tech, you are known for being the resident anti apple troll. Nobody has any illusions here. Don't tell people to look up a word when they used it right.

richardsim7 said,

I believe McDonalds have adopted this technology in all their stores (in the UK at least) and Tesco have added a few here and there

And Starbucks!

Shame it only works with contactless debit cards so far (I think).