As the anticipation of a new iPhone model builds around this time every year, speculation follows involving one technology that seems like it’s doomed to forever be considered “emerging” – near field communication.
The technology, based on standards that enable the exchange of information between two devices within close proximity of each other, is mostly touted for its potential to facilitate mobile payments. The idea is that NFC will finally turn smartphones into digital wallets.
It’s already done that for some phones, but if NFC is going to be successful, it will likely need to find its way into the world’s most popular smartphone. That’s where the iPhone hype comes in. In the same week that Apple has invited the media to its next iPhone event, both Business Insider and Wired have independently reported that the upcoming iPhone will finally support NFC.
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