Will iPhones Power Mobile Commerce?

Its no wonder rumors are flying over whether Apple will deploy mobile devices that feature Near Field Communication (NFC) technology.

The nonprofit NFC Forum envisions a world where people use their phone for practically everything conceivable, from unlocking an office gate to paying for lunch to electronically exchanging business cards.

Heres a piece of definitive news: Apple may or may not include NFC in the next iPhone.

Citing sources at several large mobile operators in the U.K., the Independent on Monday reported that Apple has revealed it will not include technology that would have enabled mobile phone payments for products with a wave of the device.

A source said Apple was concerned by the lack of a clear standard across the industry.”

So thats that, correct? Actually, Forbes reported yesterday that its possible the iPhone 5 will include NFC technology. Relying on a friend who works at Apple, an entrepreneur who is working on a top-secret NFC product told” Forbes writer Elizabeth Woyke that he believes Apples next device will incorporate the technology.

Meanwhile, Cult of Mac reported that Apple is busy testing several prototypes of iPhones that incorporate NFC. And heres another piece of news that will perpetuate the rumor mill: The source didnt know when Apple would introduce the technology in the iPhone.

But Cult of Mac did assert that Apple is working out the kinks in a remote computer system that will enable users to log into another computer using an NFC-powered phone.


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