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Sources say next iPhone will have 'twist' on NFC

updated 12:50 pm EST, Thu February 17, 2011

Would go beyond retail payments

The next-generation iPhone will indeed have NFC (near-field communications) support, but with a "twist," according to Ticonderoga Securities analyst Brian White. Citing sources, White claims that the phone will use a "unique" approach differentiating itself from competitors. NFC is typically associated with e-wallet payments at retail shops and vending machines, already commonplace in Japan.

Reports have hinted that Apple could be interested in using NFC to enable quick logins on Macs. Bringing an iPhone close enough to a Mac might allow it to tell the computer to load a host of personal settings, including passwords and desktop wallpaper. Apple has explored a variety of other NFC concepts in patent applications, however, such as coupons or fetching product data.

White mentions in passing that Japanese carrier Softbank is giving all 20,000 of its workers an iPhone and iPad. The company is Japan's only official wireless carrier for Apple products. The initiative is "a sign of things to come across enterprises," says White.






by MacNN Staff

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  1. Cronocide

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +3

    Could it be...

    Bonjour-ettes?
    Facetime servers?
    "Find my Friends?"

    The possibilites are limitless!

  1. serkol

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +8

    The 'twist'

    The unique twist will be the twisting out 30% of every NFC money transaction :-)

  1. Flying Meat

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    Just show me where

    to turn it off.. completely. :/

  1. Jeromeo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Patent 'Twist'

    Just some theories here, but in the title of one of iApple's NFC verification patents is titled "Security Feature: A Twist on Allowable Signature Formats". Scroll down the page to see it:
    http://www.patentlyapple.com/patently-apple/2010/05/exploring-apples-new-e-wallet-patent-on-atm-transactions.html
    Or it could be this patent for NFC to control your home electronics:
    http://www.patentlyapple.com/patently-apple/2010/04/nfc-iphone-to-control-all-of-your-in-home-electronics-more.html
    Or possibly incorporate this patent for entering your apt. or any other door key with NFC:
    http://www.patentlyapple.com/patently-apple/2010/02/apple-getting-serious-about-near-field-communication-on-the-iphone.html

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