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03-18-2011, 08:51 AM #1
Report Says NFC Technology May Come with iPhone 5 After All
On Monday, Matt reported that the latest buzz in the world of mobile is that Apple's 5th generation iPhone may not come with Near Field Communication (NFC) technology as initially anticipated. NFC makes mobile payments possible by allowing smartphone users to shop and pay at retail locations using their handset alone and not cash or plastic.
Late Thursday evening, Forbes blogger Elizabeth Woyke countered the rumors that first surfaced in a report from The Independent. As some will recall, The Independent reported that Apple had begun notifying mobile operators in the UK (where NFC and mobile payments are all the rage) that the iPhone 5 would debut sans NFC. As it turns out, the news came as quite a surprise to Forbes and others in the tech reporting sphere.
From what I hear, it is possible the iPhone 5 will include NFC. An entrepreneur who is working on a top-secret NFC product told me today that he believes the iPhone 5 will have NFC and cited a friend who works at Apple as a reliable source for the information.
As my colleague Paul pointed out this morning, there's another strong piece of evidence suggesting NFC will find a home in the next-gen iDevice line. We keep hearing that Apple is tinkering with a system that enables users to access and log into a computer using nothing more than an NFC-enabled iPhone. According various published reports, including a recent headline from our friends at Cult of Mac, "the iPhone pairs with the host machine, and loads the userís files and settings over the net. Itís as though the user is sitting at their own machine at home."
Without question, the addition of NFC technology on the iPhone 5 and a new remote computing system would truly be an evolutionary step - even for Apple.
Sources: Forbes, The Independent, Cult of Mac
03-18-2011, 08:54 AM #2
Well you won't know till June/July
03-18-2011, 08:58 AM #3
I would never use that feature....what if the phone was lost....no sir...not me!!!!
I'll stick with my credit card....thank you very much!!!!!
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03-18-2011, 09:10 AM #4
What a nice easy way for identity theft.
03-18-2011, 09:11 AM #5
03-18-2011, 09:12 AM #6
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03-18-2011, 09:22 AM #7
I would be weary using someone's credit card information that i found on a cell phone, technology is funny these days and I would assume there would be a very detailed papertrail embedded into this technology.
Not to mention they would probably only have the last 4 digits available to see by default. Sounds even safer then a credit card IMO.Don't forget to hit the thanks button if you liked what I said or did
03-18-2011, 09:42 AM #8
IDK if I'd use NFC though. It's too easy for me to spend my money as it is. Plus that requires all the places I frequent to buy NFC hardware, AND have it compatible with the iPhone implementation of it. I highly doubt that will happen.
IMO if iPhone 5 has NFC, it will get the ball rolling on adaptation, but NFC won't be super useful in a phone in America until iPhone 6, or possibly iPhone 7.-FBIRyuJin
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03-18-2011, 09:57 AM #9
The iPhone, the iPad, and the iPod have had a 12 month cycle time ever since they were introduced. The release of the Verizon iPhone coincided with the expiration of the exclusivity agreement with AT&T. It's not Apple's fault that people sign 2 year contracts to buy their product. We'll see an iPhone refresh this summer just like the last 4 years.
03-18-2011, 10:00 AM #10
Yeah I am aware of the cycle. I think in this instance the right thing to do would be to break it.-FBIRyuJin
03-18-2011, 10:10 AM #11
From a business perspective it makes no sense at all. Apple makes their profit on annual upgrades. If they held off on releasing the iPhone for another year they would sacrifice billions in revenue. You have to look at the whole picture... if you went out and bought the top end HTC phone and 6 months later they came out with a different model with even more features you wouldn't think twice about it. You have a bias just because this is Apple.
03-18-2011, 10:12 AM #12
And if you loose your wallet you still have your phone in hand to call right away and cancel those cards, But what if you loose your phone with your credit cards information stored in it. Would you still call to cancel those cards knowing you still actually have them in your pocket??
03-18-2011, 10:16 AM #13
03-18-2011, 10:16 AM #14
Apple will encounter problems attempting to implement this technology and will undoubtedly scrap it all together. Hell they can't even get half of their software updates to work correctly the first time. They can't even get the iPhone CLOCK to function correctly during daylight savings.
03-18-2011, 10:17 AM #15
03-18-2011, 10:20 AM #16
I've heard that there are ways people can steal your card info if it has NFC technology, so I'm sure there will be more improved security measures if it's a feature on the iPhone. I hope it's true. I'm especially looking forward to the remote computer use simply by having your phone with you. The better the technology is the nicer the phone is.
03-18-2011, 10:22 AM #17
HTC phone came out a while ago on a carrier that has had HTC phones in the past, I buy it a month after it comes out, a better one comes out 6 months later, I was happy with the one I had, then I'd be a little annoyed, but I'd accept it as a fact of cellular business. If it was like this however:
HTC phone is on crappy carrier (in my area anyway) for 3+ years, then finally comes out on carrier that works well by me, I switch, and can finally enjoy using my phone as a phone, and an HTC whatever, then 6 months later the new one comes out, then I would be mad. It really has nothing to do with the company. It has to do with the customer's best interests. Honestly in my situation if I make the switch (to avoid getting a VZW limited data plan when they start that nonsense) then the 5 comes out, I will probably end up getting it at full price if I think it's worth the upgrade.
There are however 3 things keeping me from switching right now:
!: I have no idea if VZW will allow a grandfather of unlimited when they go limited.
2: I have no idea if the voice/data limitation will get to me (it did when I went from iPhone 3G to Droid for a while)
3: I have a custom back panel on my current phone that has the batman logo on it. It won't fit the VZW phone due to slight internal differences, and the guys that made it no longer seem to be doing so.-FBIRyuJin
03-18-2011, 10:23 AM #18
You have no idea how vulnerable you are even with your credit card in your pocket or wallet, nobody have to touch your wallet or your pocket to hack your credit card account, even if you are not connected to the internet.
Here is an example... Wait and see the whole video
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03-18-2011, 10:26 AM #19
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03-18-2011, 10:29 AM #20
The last thing I need is an easier way to use my credit card
If it works with Debit Cards too that'd be good. I can see the appeal though. I'd love to have all credit card and similar style cards be made into apps that use NFC. Just need the majority of stores that take cards to upgrade to NFC.