The New York Times is reporting NFC capabilities are coming to a future iPhone, but not necessarily the next iteration. Near-field communication would allow iPhones to make payments digitally by just tapping your phone.
According to sources familiar with the matter:
According to two people with knowledge of the inner workings of a coming iteration of the Apple iPhone â€” although not necessarily the next one â€” a chip made by Qualcomm for the phoneâ€™s processor will also include near-field communication technology, known as N.F.C.
…It is unclear which version of an iPhone this technology would be built into.
One person familiar with the new Apple feature said the phoneâ€™s credit card information would be tied to information currently used on iTunes, which would make it simple for customers to set up the new mobile payment method on the iPhone.
With the way technology is evolving with smartphones, it’s inevitable that NFC would be implemented into the iPhone. The issue is not when Apple will make this feature available–but when retailers will offer NFC as an option for paying. That seems light years away at this point, but as NFC options become more popular I can see further adoption by businesses.
Apple also hired an NFC expert last year, in Benjamin Vigier, plus filed patents that show how the system would function on the iPhone. We’ve heard rumours of NFC coming to the next iPhone (including reports by Bloomberg), and also being delayed to the ‘iPhone 6′. Also, Visa is apparently testing an ‘iWallet’ system in Europe.
Would you welcome NFC to the iPhone?