Last year, we heard quite a bit about Near Field Communication as a growing option for customer payments. In order for this technology to take off, it was believed that several of the big players in the mobile phone business would need to launch new handsets that supported NFC.
One of these players no doubt is Apple and it would appear the Cupertino company is dabbling with NFC on an iPhone prototype. This information came by way of the 9to5Mac blog which was reviewing an iPhone 5 prototype code dump. Within this dump, there were references to NFC meaning that there is a possibility that this technology could be introduced in the next iPhone.
When you take into account that iOS 6 will have the Passbook digital wallet, the idea of NFC in the iPhone 5 seems quite reasonable. As a quick refresher, the Passbook is a system that will retain information about your personal data such as company loyalty cards, coupons and theatre passes. Using an NFC enabled iPhone, Apple fans would be able to use Passbook to access the barcodes on their saved cards without the need of the actual physical card.
The next generation iPhone is expected to be announced this fall, so it won’t be a long wait to find out if this rumour was accurate or not.