So I got an iPhone 4 and have had a pretty good run with it. The device has done everything I thought it would do and so far has never let me down which includes dropped calls that a lot of people have had issue with. I am also eyeing the new iPad 2 when it launches hopefully in the next few months. But what is new and exciting about the 5th generation iPhone rumored out sometime this July if Apple holds true to their launch schedule? Now granted it’s early for rumors, but the only tangible rumor I could come up with was that the iPhone 5 would come with NFC. So what does NFC mean? Well yes, it does mean the National Football Conference if you are here in the United States and a Football fan, but the NFC I am talking about is “Near Field Communication”. I could regurgitate the Wiki Explanation but it is short enough and worth the read so I will copy and paste it:
“Near Field Communication or NFC, is a short-range high frequency wireless communication technology which enables the exchange of data between devices over about a 10 centimeter (around 4 inches) distance. The technology is a simple extension of the ISO/IEC 14443 proximity-card standard (proximity card, RFID) that combines the interface of a smartcard and a reader into a single device. An NFC device can communicate with both existing ISO/IEC 14443 smartcards and readers, as well as with other NFC devices, and is thereby compatible with existing contactless infrastructure already in use for public transportation and payment. NFC is primarily aimed at usage in mobile phones.”
Okay, pretty boring huh? Short range secure data transmission most likely would be used at Point-of-Sale for credit card transactions. Remember seeing all those commercials and fast pass signs at gas stations? It never really took off here in the United States. So why would Apple be rumored in adding that feature to the new iPhone 5? I am a frequent traveler for business purposes and cannot see this catching on. I don’t think I have an issue with the security of it so much as I just think it remains easier to have a credit card.
So for me, NFC is not a selling point and I hope Apple brings something more than NFC to the iPhone 5. (Like a larger screen for example!) But the real question is what do you think about NFC? Is it a selling point for you? The Nexus S folks have it on their devices but there were a lot of other reasons to buy the device other than NFC. This might have been a good prediction for 2011.
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