The sport of Apple rumors is almost as old as the company itself, but now that the iPhone and the iPad are market leaders, every new piece of information is even more exhaustively parsed over. That's why the latest claims made by an analyst fresh from visiting Apple's suppliers in Asia are raising a few eyebrows.
Near field communication (NFC) technology has given us a look at a number of cool scenarios that would allow us to use our smartphones to control nearly everything. But what if you could take that smartphone power and put it in a business card? Well, now you can.
The wide variety of possible uses for NFC technology are still being explored, mostly in ways that simply add a technology layer to old ways of completing transactions. But a new contraption that started as a gumball modification project could point the way toward the real future of this technology.
Having fallen off the radar since CES 2012, Parrot has finally announced pricing and availability for its Zik headphones that pack NFC pairing, a touchpad on the right ear cup and an accelerometer. Our advice: prep that hammer because your piggy bank is in for a world of hurt.
Near Field Communication, or NFC, did not make the big splash that Google had hoped to with Google Wallet. Samsung's giving NFC a big push with the Galaxy S III and now insiders say Apple is ready to get on the bandwagon.
Since way before the iPhone was a gleam in Steve Jobs's eye, back when the Motorola RAZR was the mobile phone du jour, financial institutions, mobile handset makers and carriers have dreamed of turning your cellphone into a mobile wallet, to use your smartphone the same way you use a credit or debit card. Finally, this year we may finally reach this near field communication (NFC) nirvana, of simply waving our smartphone over a retail payment terminal instead of a credit or debit card to pay for our copiously consumed commodities. There's only one problem. Using your smartphone as a credit or debit card replacement may be more trouble than it's worth.
Take a minute and think about the last few purchases you made. How many of them were paid for with a credit card or cash? By 2020, we'll all be reaching for a third option, a survey of experts is saying, using our phones by default. Are you willing to leave paper and plastic behind?
Nintendo shook things up in the gaming world once again by announcing that it's Wii U controller knows a new trick: Near Field Communication (NFC). With contact-less tech, Nintendo plans to create new gaming experiences with NFC cards, figurines and even have the controller accept micro payments.
You've probably heard tons of NFC news and how it'll revolutionize your wallet, but Nokia's Play 360 portable speaker thinks outside of the box: it uses proximity to activate wireless sound syncing. Cables be damned, this is the future of audio.
Android has NFC. BlackBerry is going to get NFC. Naturally, Apple would want the iPhone 5 to also push NFC this year too. If Near Field Communication is a feature you've been holding out for in the next iPhone, you'd best sit down, breathe and prepare to wait till next year.