NFC may be deployed in many Apple products, not just iPhone 5

Apple Online Store“Equipped with a Near Field Communications (NFC) chip, the iPhone 5 may allow users to load their Home folders on guest Macs when they travel, or log in at school or work,” Leander Kahney reports for Cult of Mac. “All the user would have to do is tap their iPhone 5 on a NFC-equipped Mac, and the machine would load their Home folder files, settings and preferences.”

“But if Apple equipped all of its products with NFC chips, which are used for short-range authentication, the technology could be used for super-easy set-up of a new Apple gear, or for easily transferring files and media between different Apple devices,” Kahney reports. “‘Imagine you touch an AirPort with a new iPad and the Wi-Fi is connected — with full security — in less than a second,’ said Gerald Madlmayr, a NFC expert based in Vienna. ‘No configuration is necessary any more. This makes this technology pretty useful.'”

Here are some other pretty useful usages for NFC in a variety of Apple devices:
• Remote log in
• Automatic Setup
• Media Sharing
• Bumping
• Foursquare checking in
• Keyless entry and ticketing
• Tap and pay eWallet

Much more in the full article – recommended – here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Dan K.” for the heads up.]

18 Comments

  1. The clue is in he name ‘Near’ Field — the range is only a couple of inches and the technology is the same as used in the PayWave and PayPass contactless credit and debit cards. There’s no chance of someone discovering your location this way nor of sucking your data out of your iPhone, any more than there is of them vacuuming the money out of your PayPass card. What will happen soon is that the credit card will just be another app on yur iPhone, so you choose how to pay by selecting an app at the checkout then tap the iPhone to pay.

    The football jokes don’t mean anything to anybody outside the US so drop them.

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