Apple and Google looking to introduce NFC capable smartphones

Parallels Desktop 6 for Mac“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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15 Comments

  1. Cool. So now people only have to walk in your general vicinity to steal money out of your bank account. Yeah yeah it’s hyperbole, but someone will figure out how to do it.

  2. Yup, big brother will know even more about yea. You bet! Big Google and all the minions with data in hand.

    Got a buck, here is the location of said user.
    Got 5 bucks, locations for the past week.
    Got 10 bucks, locations for the past month.
    Got 49.95! Here was the users locations, purchases, searches, address, name, items scanned purchased/not purchased……

    Yup, gonna luv it!

  3. @Spudly

    If you are a part of a group of people that is being oppressed ie. the Jews during WWII You will care…
    Your privacy is very important, it only a matter of time before someone takes advantage of this tech and starts screwing with people. Thanks but you can keep NFC.

  4. @Spudly Good one.

    @Snapper It went right over your head.

    Back to the story; the Banks and their credit cards will be sweating.
    You will not need either of them. The Phone companies ALREADY send you a bill. They will just tack the charges on to your phone bill.

    Why do you need a Bank Credit card???
    They are so screwed. About time.

  5. When we lived in NYC there was a wave of criminals that had RFID terminals and would charge less than 5 bucks on peoples credit cards as they were standing in the subway. Most people didn’t realize it since it was such a small amount. It would be great if it were easier to pay for things while shopping but I hope Apple makes it very secure. BTW big brother already knows everything your doing, unless you pay for everything in cash.

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