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Next-gen iPhone code resurrects claims of NFC support

updated 10:16 am EDT, Mon June 25, 2012

Could integrate with Passbook app

The next-generation iPhone could potentially have NFC support built in, according to 9to5Mac. The claim is based on data allegedly pulled from PreEVT iPhone prototypes, codenamed N41AP and N42AP. The same code is previously said to have hinted at a bigger display with 1136x640 resolution. Now, though, it's suggested that the new iPhone will have an NFC controller connected directly to the power management unit.

The iPhone has been rumored as getting NFC for some time, but talk largely died out before the iPhone 4S shipped without the technology. Apple may, however, simply have wanted to wait until it was better prepared. The 4S has often been seen as an interim update, essentially using the same design as the iPhone 4 but with a faster processor and a better camera.

NFC could allow for direct file transfers between iOS devices, but the main purpose of the technology is expected to be mobile payments. Apple may conceivably be working on larger plans related to Passbook, the new core app in iOS 6. While the tickets and passes demonstrated by Apple so far only use QR and barcodes, Apple could quietly be working on allowing the app to make payments by swiping an iPhone over a register. Apple would likely only reveal the feature around the same time as the new iPhone itself is announced.

by MacNN Staff




  1. Arne_Saknussemm

    Joined: Dec 1969


    NFC is awesome...

    Not just to pay at the metro; tapping to handsets together serves to pass a photo, contact or PDF..

    If present on the next iPhone,
    it's one more check-mark evening out the field with top Android devices.

  1. Salsa

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Arne, have you heard of an app called Bump? It doesn't need NFC to share data by tapping two handsets together. It creates an ad hoc wireless connection.

    I can't wait until the iPhone can hold my drivers license, registration, credit cards, and smart key for my car. I always have my phone with me, but don't always want to carry my wallet and key fob.

  1. Arne_Saknussemm

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Nice Nic: Salsa!

    Bump needs the "cloud" to work, either in Android or iOS; and of course it's a proprietary protocol, I have not used it and I am glad you made me look it up.

    I think the advantage of NFC is that it is already in use in several countries world wide, some clothing stores in Asia are said to use NFC tags, I've tried it n the London Oyster terminals but not all work yet. Like you mention it's not just for data exchange but of course shopping. And I've read it can use the cloud but it's not dependent on it, so you might consider it a bit more robust.

    I like you, like to do most everything with a single device, but with all the hacking going on and the uncertain connectivity to the cloud away from cities, still feel a bit uneasy about it. We do not have the spaceships or flying cars of Blade Runner yet, but the movie sure was missing on OUR gadgets!

  1. facebook_HK

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    Joined: Jun 2012


    Passbook Exchange

    There is got to be an iOS app Passbook Exchange, or something like that, remember Facebook Exchange and Phonebook Exchange?

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