Apple iPhone 5s
still no nfc
I don't expect them to adopt NFC any time soon. They have their own ways to do everything NFC does, and owning a good chunk of the payments pie is too tempting for Apple to not try to do (and own, and take a cut of) their own solution.
As far as what you said about their having alternate means to accomplish everything NFC does, that doesn't really hold up. If you could simply write software without needing the physical NFC chip, nobody in their right mind would be paying to add an NFC chip to their devices. The truth of the matter is that A...
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But BLE has some serious limitations when it comes to bandwidth that NFC doesn't have. I know that Apple pretends to overcome this with some Wifi and Bluetooth trickery, but let's be honest. PDA phones from more than 10 years ago were capable of the same trickery (and Android devices of today certainly are). It's not like they're bringing anything innovative to the table on that front.
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I'm just showing you Apple's point of view.
A few clarifications:
1. NFC doesn't actually have that much bandwidth. It's mostly used for very small data transfers. In the case of something like Samsung's S-Beam, NFC is just used to do the pairing; the actual data transfer takes place over Bluetooth HS / Wi-Fi Direct.
2. NFC isn't much easier. AirPlay and AirDrop are almost as easy as NFC for pairing devices to stream media or transfer files. For payments, have you tried Google Wallet? There's plenty of set-up. Apple could make that much, much easier with everything they have in place now.
3. Yes Android phones will have their own Bluetooth LE Beacon...
>>NFC doesn't actually have that much bandwidth. It's mostly used for very small data transfers. In the case of something like Samsung's S-Beam, NFC is just used to do the pairing; the actual data transfer takes place over Bluetooth HS / Wi-Fi Direct.
I honestly didn't know that there was a handoff to bluetooth or wifi. I thought that NFC handled the data transfer as well. Thanks for clarifying that.
>>For payments, have you tried Google Wallet?
I know that many people are embracing this, but this is the one application of NFC I want nothing to do with. I don't think I wi...
Additionally, if you're looking for NFC for mobile payments, if you have AT&T and then you're in luck. AT&T now makes SIM cards that have NFC capabilities built into it. So, if you get an NFC SIM from AT&T, put it in your phone and sign up for their mobile wallet thing (which is free) then you've got NFC payments on your device. Like I mentioned, I'm not one to stick up for Apple on a lot of things but NFC is just a solution to a problem that doesn't exist, and when I hear people squawking about NFC, I...