Apple planning to use near field communications creatively

Apple planning to use near field communications creatively

According to a recent report from the Cult of Mac, Apple is planning on using near field communications as the foundation for a mobile computing system that would unify its upcoming iPhone 5 with other Apple devices. Currently, plans are in place to use near field communications to synchronize mobile devices with personal computers. This would be possible by building NFC into both platforms, using the technology to trigger file transfer and other procedures between them.

According to the Cult of Mac, the base elements of device synchronization display a great deal of potential for near field communications deployments in other hardware. For example, NFC systems can be installed into an AirPort Wi-Fi router. Consumers could then use NFC to integrate the phone with the router within seconds of scanning. This would give users access to a secure home wireless network without any need to configure devices or perform advanced technical tasks, Gerald Madlmayr, a Vienna-based NFC expert, told the news source.

One source told the Cult of Mac Apple is planning on using NFC to facilitate remote login and authentication procedures. Using near field communications, users could log into another machine which would tap into the cloud to upload information, files, media and other applications. No data would be stored on the NFC chip as it is only used for user-authentication, and information would not be left on the computer, because applications and data are stored on the cloud and only delivered to the device in use.

This same technology could also be used for remote system setup, the Cult of Mac explains, because users could easily transfer files to new machines without having to login to services to access online data and transport information to the device. Instead, the near field communications chip can login in and authenticate all of the services simultaneously. The Mac's reliance on cloud computing for applications, data storage and other functions makes NFC technology especially helpful, as it enhances security by not storing any data on physical devices.

Alcatel-Lucent, which released a mobile wallet application in March 2010, recently announced a deal with Cassis International to upgrade the program with near field communications. The mobile wallet software allows users to make proximity payments, participate in mobile marketing, make person-to-person money transfers and payments, as well as use their mobile devices for ticketing and participate in mcommerce.