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Apple NFC iPhone patent tips wireless transaction tech

Apple NFC iPhone patent tips wireless transaction tech

Apple's event later on today - that SlashGear will be liveblogging at http://live.slashgear.com/ - is expected to bring talk of multitasking and ads, but probably not wireless payment methods; still, we've got a recently published Apple patent to help us out with that.  Patent WO/2010/039337 details an NFC-enabled (Near Field Communications) mobile device, like an iPhone, that together with a new Transactions app could be used to send money between handsets.

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Apple patent reveals iPhone’s NFC ambitions

Apple patent reveals iPhone’s NFC ambitions

Companies seemingly patent anything and everything, so it’s always best to take these listings with your recommended daily allowance of salt, but Apple looks to have filed for a patent relating to pairing controllers using NFC capabilities on an iPhone. It doesn’t mean that Apple is working on a game controller, but does suggest that the company is keeping all its gaming options open, entertaining the idea of pairing multiple devices using NFC and even turning the iPhone into a digital controller.

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Apple iPhone 5 will have strong NFC support: report

Apple iPhone 5 will have strong NFC support: report

There's new life emerging for one of the big Apple rumors that came out last year but never gained much steam. We're talking about Near Field Communication (NFC) support for the next generation of the iPhone. NFC, of course, is the standard used in contactless credit cards today and is looking to be a standard feature of smartphones tomorrow.

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Apple iPhone 5 and iPad 2 NFC rumors debunked by analyst that prompted them

Apple iPhone 5 and iPad 2 NFC rumors debunked by analyst that prompted them

Rumors that Apple is planning a wholesale assault on the NFC ecosystem, with NFC-enabled iPhone 5 and iPad 2 devices together with freely-distributed payment terminals to vendors have been debunked, by the very source that prompted them initially. According to analyst Richard Doherty, speaking to the NFC Times, he was significantly misquoted in the original Bloomberg report, claiming he had sources among Apple engineers whereas in fact he was the third layer in a string of speculation originating from iOS app developer guesswork.

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Apple iPhone 5 NFC plans include remote Mac access claims source

Apple iPhone 5 NFC plans include remote Mac access claims source

Apple's ambitions for NFC are apparently broader than just wireless payments and contact exchanges on the iPhone 5.  According to Cult Of Mac's anonymous source, Apple is planning to use near-field communications with updated Mac computers, basically turning any Mac into a near-identical version of how your own machine is set up.  The system would use the iPhone as the authenticator, with user data potentially being stored on both the handset and in the cloud, and give access to the address book, passwords, desktop settings, bookmarks and more.

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Knock turns iPhone into a Bluetooth LE key for your Mac

Knock turns iPhone into a Bluetooth LE key for your Mac

Apple has high hopes for Bluetooth LE, planning to use it to oust NFC for mobile payments among other things, but meanwhile apps like Knock are using it for easy authentication when you get near your Mac. Released today for iPhone, Knock turns the iOS smartphone into a physical password for a Mac computer: when you get near to your desk, you tap on the phone twice - even if it's in your pocket - and it shuttles you past the login screen.

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Apple TV one-tap setup from iPhone quietly capitalizes on Bluetooth LE

Apple TV one-tap setup from iPhone quietly capitalizes on Bluetooth LE

Apple has added one-tap instant setup to the Apple TV, using Bluetooth LE and an iOS 7 device to automatically load WiFi network and Apple ID information to the streaming set-top box. Quietly introduced today, the new feature appears to have been enabled in Apple TV OS 6.0 - re-released earlier this week - and helps new Apple TV owners to avoid punching in setup details such as complex WiFi passwords with the bundled remote.

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Apple contends on innovation: “New is easy. Right is hard.”

Apple contends on innovation: “New is easy. Right is hard.”

Supposing you've seen the calls of opposition from Apple nay-sayers over the past week, you'll be interested to know that the heads of Apple aren't immune to talk of "non-innovative" releases in the iPhone. Speaking with Bloomberg Businessweek on several topics here in the launch week of both the iPhone 5s / iPhone 5c and the newest Apple mobile operating system iOS 7, Tim Cook, Jony Ive, and Craig Federighi make clear their aim with the iPhone, and what they think of this "innovation" word being thrown around so freely here in the present.

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Google Wallet for iOS lands (but misses NFC)

Google Wallet for iOS lands (but misses NFC)

Google Wallet has finally launched for iOS, though since Apple's iPhone and iPad lack NFC the app focuses on sending mobile payments rather than in-store use. While on Android the focus of Google Wallet has been to turn smartphones into tap-to-pay credit cards, Apple's continued avoidance of NFC has forced a less revolutionary approach on iOS: the app effectively works as a place to corral loyalty cards and payment details, as well as to send money digitally.

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