Apple To Add Near Field Communication (NFC) To Next-Generation iPhone?


This week, Bloomberg reports that Apple may be incorporating NFC, or Near Field Communication, hardware into the next-generation iPhone. Such a feature would allow iPhone users to turn their device into a mobile wallet:

The services are based on “Near-Field Communication,” a technology that can beam and receive information at a distance of up to 4 inches, due to be embedded in the next iteration of the iPhone for AT&T Inc. and the iPad 2, Doherty said. Both products are likely to be introduced this year, he said, citing engineers who are working on hardware for the Apple project.

In a sentence, NFC allows customers to walk into a store and make a purchase directly from their device.

One likely route is coupling payments of merchandise to an existing iTunes account. In other words, when you purchase something using your iPhone, your credit card on file with iTunes would be charged.

The report further indicates that Apple may have already constructed prototype payment terminals for small businesses to scan NFC-enabled iOS devices.

What do you think? In a few months, will we be waving our iPhone in-front of a terminal to check out with our purchases?



  • this would be great as long as I do not get charge lots to use the system and the cashier does not touch my iphone!

  • Ackryte

    What type of security would you have if you lose your phone? If you lose your wallet you can call banks to cancel cards and issue a new one free. but to cancel card get new one than update itune account than also deal with getting a new phone which companies are uptight about. Also knowing that transmission of the transaction could be intercepted by your fellow criminal. hmmm I’ll wait to see why happens.

  • Bob5467305

    I’m fairly certain any hacker (and by hacker I mean someone who creates the hacks, not just downloads them or googles them) would be able to figure out a way to intercept the signal and steal all of your credit card info. I think it’s a terrible idea

  • Rustybarnacle

    Starbucks in the US is already doing something similar. You run the app and it makes a bar code for their bar code reader and bang, you’ve paid for your coffee.

  • Calgaryleb

    im not sure on the encryption, but i would assume its gonna be at least 256 bit (if not 512)..meaning, even if you had a really amazing computer system you would NOT be able to break the signal down. Need less to say there is always a way to steal information and to ‘hack’…

    1. to make the purchase im sure the ‘app’ might have some sort of password protection, so everytime you make a purchase you confirm (much like paypal, and other checkouts)
    2. yes you could lose your iphone, but you could also lose your wallet 😉
    3. this will offer convience and you wont have to carry your cards anymore (much like when visa and credit cards and debit cards came out…ppl STILL want to carry around cash…so expect certain ppl to stick to cash and credit cards (wink wink)

    its a great idea in theory, lets see how apple rolls it out (i think itll have as much success as facetime)

  • Gerry18

    Better keep your iPhone on guard and not lose it or someone will go on a shopping spree.

  • Vancraigslist

    No sir, I don’t like it…just another way to track the things you purchase without you knowing it…debit/credit cards are bad enough, they have every transaction you made…and then to send signals with personal information as noted, is just a bad idea to me…remember the phony debit terminals…but I am sure they got the sales pitch all figured out…I can’t wait until IPhone 6…

  • Anonymous

    I’m against this idea… it stands now I watched a report on 16:9 about the ease in which credit cards that transmit via RFID chips can have their “broadcast” info intercepted by someone who just needs to pass by you with a little satchel that has all the tech gear inside of it (no bigger than a netbook case) to pick off your sensitive info. Not to mention the security expert who did it said he was astonished at how easy it was for him to purchase the equipment over the internet with no real safeguards in place to prevent criminals from obtaining such equipment. SCARYYYYYY STUFFF!!!!!!!!!! Now if technology existed that allowed for each device to scramble or encode the info I’d be less hesitant about said technology being incorporated.

  • Anonymous

    I hate having things in my pocket! The whole “phone, keys, wallet” routine when I leave my apartment is annoying. Now if only there was an app to unlock the door to my house (AND IT WAS SECURE) I would be happy.

  • Anonymous

    That would kind of be seriously awesome.

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