NFC, or near field communication, is the secure wireless transfer of data over a short proximity. This enables any technology with this ability to be used as a payment method. Now Apple appears to be jumping on the NFC bandwagon, for once trailing some of their competitors. There have been rumors for some time that the iPhone 5 and the iPad 2 will feature NFC technology. This appears to be confirmed by the fact that Apple have secretly being hiring engineers with RFID knowledge, RFID is a type of NFC. Apple are also rumored to be hiring global payment experts, suggesting the iPhone 5 and iPad 2 payment system may in fact be developed entirely in house.
If and when the next generation iPad’s and iPhone’s do carry NFC compatibility, it will be a massive boost to advocates of the technology, and will go a long way to pushing it into the mainstream market. Currently very few stores allow payment by NFC, yet that is expected to dramatically rise in the coming months. Hopefully Apple will create an entirely secure method of NFC payment, as security fears will be peoples prime concerns. Perhaps in a number of years cash and credit cards will be obsolete, and all payment will be done using our mobile phones?
Many people can look forward to the iPad 2 release date and the iPhone 5 release date so they can finally try NFC for themselves.
Do you believe NFC will be a valuable addition to the iPad 2 and iPhone 5?