The world of Near-field Communications is fast catching up in the smartphone industry with quite a lot of smartphones from Samsung and HTC embracing the technology. Features and apps like the Wallet (Nokia, Google etc.) use NFC technology for the transactions.
While there has been considerable debate on the safety and usability of NFC, the technology looks like it’s hear to stay. BlackBerry was a pioneer in smartphone technology that brought NFC out into limelight like no other. Quite naturally, many other manufacturers followed suit – including HTC and Samsung. Many of the Samsung smartphones these days are engraved with NFC by default.
Apple has not yet embraced NFC in its iPhones. But there’s a strong suggestive hint that the sixth-gen iPhone, the iPhone 5, will feature NFC. How? Let’s take a look.
One of the new apps you’ll get to see on iOS 6, when it arrives this fall, would be Passbook. It’s an app that goes beyond the Wallet type of apps. It’s a strong ecosystem which manages quite a lot of stuff including movie tickets, air tickets, your credit cards and bank accounts. It has also been shown to feature a real-time status keeping app which makes it even more powerful.
Yet, it’s so much built like Wallet. It is said to rely on transactions that you make through the cards and accounts – which help the triggering of events which in return helps Passbook keep track of your movie tickets or your travel tickets.
There’s a strong possibility, then, that it would also support NFC and in fact, it would work much better with NFC. This is what prompts us to say that iPhone 5 could very well embrace NFC, the one final piece (besides 4G LTE) that’s missing from iPhones.
NFC is not exactly a new technology but it’s application has been realized only of late. But as the crowd of NFC-enabled smartphones gets thicker, may be Apple could bring a change to the table. Possibly, with enhanced security to NFC transactions especially in the face of events such as these.