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Apple testing RFID-enabled iPhone?

Mike Clark
Near Field Communications World [1]
Friday, November 6, 2009

Einar Rosenberg, who runs the Near Field Communications Group [2] on Linkedin.com, has reported the following:

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 separate patents Apple submitted 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.

For more details on Apple’s ‘Touch Screen RFID Tag Reader’ patent see our earlier article here [4].

UPDATE: And here’s the Touch Project [5]‘s iPhone RFID demonstration [6] video: