“Don’t blink, because Near Field Communications (NFC) might soon become a household term before you know it,” Yoni Heisler reports for NetworkWorld. “NFC is a wireless communication technology that when integrated with a smartphone enables users to pay for goods simply by waving their device over a payment pad.”
“Over the past few months, there have been a number of rumors, along with some tangible albeit circumstantial evidence, that Apple is planning to include NFC technology in the iPhone 5,” Heisler reports. “Indeed, there have been reports that Apple is already testing iPhone prototypes with built-in RFID readers in its labs – which, of course, isn’t all that surprising given that Apple divulged that the iPhone 4 underwent rigorous testing in its labs for 2 years prior to its release.”
Heisler reports, “Recently Cult of Mac reported that the next iteration of the iPhone will let users carry their desktop data with them wherever they go via NFC technology… Clearly, NFC is a technology Apple is exploring, and with Google publicly showing off an NFC capable Android device, I wonder how long it’ll be before people start saying, “Hey, remember way back when people used to carry around credit cards?”
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