It's one of the centerpieces of speculation surrounding the 6th generation iPhone: will it - or won't it - deliver Near Field Communications technology? Apple’s recently unveiled “Passbook” app, for example, seems indicative of NFC's imminent arrival this fall, when both the next-gen iPhone and iOS 6 finally reach consumers.
According to a new report coming to light on Monday, digital wallet and electronic ticketing services will make the Passbook app among the most popular features delivered by iOS 6. And one of the biggest industries to be impacted by this development will be the airline industry, or so says a prominent executive in the field.
Jim Peters, CTO at SITA, told delegates at this year’s Air Transport IT Summit in Brussels that they need to be prepared for the proliferation of near field communications (NFC) technology, which he predicts will become widespread before the end of the year.
Peters believes that from where he stands, it's as clear as the rising sun that Apple will incorporate NFC into Passbook and into the 6th generation iPhone.
"There is a lot of debate that NFC will never take off because of all the arguments," Peters fconcludes. "But you need to get ready, this is coming. This is going to happen. By the end of the year the majority of smartphones that you go and buy will have NFC on them. If in October the next iPhone comes out and it has NFC on it, it's game over."