A recent post on Near Field Communications Group on Linkedin states that Apple is working on some prototype iPhones which have contactless reader. Here’s the full post:
Had to share this news. A highly reliable source has informed me that Apple has built some prototypes of the next gen iPhone with an RFID reader built in and they have seen it in action. So its not full NFC but its a start for real service discovery and I’m told that the reaction was very positive that we can expect this in the next gen iPhone. If Apple does it, expect every phone manufacturer and their sister to begin pumping out NFC enabled phones, at least for service discovery and sync. This just reinforces what we knew based on the two seperate patents Apple submited that had the iPhone enabled to read RFID tags. I’m told that the touch project video and the BT SIG’s specs were all driving forces to push this forward as well as other factors. Guess I’ll be touching my iPhone to my Mac to link them together to sync iTunes by next year.
Nokia has been the leader of NFC innovations in the handset world, but if this happens to be true Apple may go far ahead. And at the same time, it will definitely lead to a boom in NFC applications.