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Next Gen iPhone Might Enable Remote Portable Computing Using NFC Technology

November 2nd, 2010 11:49 admin Leave a comment Go to comments


We have been hearing about Apple’s interest in NFC for quite some time now.

In the past, there were rumors about Apple working on embedded RFID chips and even tools that would enable using your iPhone as a replacement to conventional keys.

While none of these features have ever made it to the final version of the iPhone, Apple continues to research on it and based on the possibilities we hope that future iPhones will finally get one of these features.

For the uninitiated, NFC stands for Near Field Communication. It is a short range wireless technology that enables devices to communicate with each other to perform simple transactions. This technology has been in use in countries like Japan and South Korea – but is yet to take off in the West.

Cult of Mac however claims that Apple is seriously contemplating bringing a form of NFC technology to its next generation iPhone. This technology could allow iPhone users to run any compatible Mac as their own Mac.

Confused? Well let us explain. The NFC ready iPhone would carry small chunks of data (which includes your applications, settings and data) that it would wirelessly transfer to a Mac near it making it run like it was your own Mac. Once you close the session or when your iPhone goes out of range, the Mac is turned in to a “normal oneâ€. Note that locally stored data on the iPhone would always be small and would include things like bookmarks, passwords and documents.

If the user needs full access to files, music files or pictures or any large amounts of data, it would be sourced from a cloud service that the feature would come bundled with. While all this does sound exciting, we wonder if this technology will be available in the next generation iPhone

Would you want something like this in iPhone 5?

[Via Cult Of Mac]

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