Thursday, July 12, 2012

Apple iPhone 5 Rumors: New iPhone May Support NFC, as Implied by New Patent

Who doesn’t love reading about new Apple patents?
Probably the market analyst types and Luddites among us, but then again, most analysts these days care as much for specs and features as they do for numbers, graphs and forecasting. Speaking of patents, a new one has been granted to Apple, nearly four years after its initial filing. This patent is for the iTravel app, which apparently uses NFC, or near-field communication to facilitate travel arrangements. The patent describes iTravel as an app for checking in (purchasing tickets and making reservations) by means of NFC. Its applications include use of a “cellular phone or media player”, and in theory, could be used on an iPhone or iPod touch. It may also be compatible with other Apple devices such as the iPad and Mac. It is quite similar to the recently announced Passbook app, except that it’s more sophisticated and potentially compatible with more devices. But will we be seeing it on the new iPhone? According to the Wall Street Journal, NFC may not be a part of the iPhone 5 or its operating system, iOS 6. Gene Munster of Piper Jaffray told the Wall Street Journal that Apple would likely want to standardize their payment system before implementing mobile payments on their devices. NFC is currently being utilized on many Android-based smartphones, including the Samsung/Google Galaxy Nexus, and is projected to generate $600 million worth of revenue through mobile payments by the year 2016. 。 sex toy,sex gadget,adult toy

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