Apple Testing RFID Technology In Prototype iPhones?

According to Einar Rosenberg, Apple has begun experimenting with putting RFID chips with the possibility of a wide range of uses, such as doubling as a credit card, assisting in identifying lost or stolen devices, paying for mass transit, or possibly even using it to sync with a Mac. The source adds that there seems to be a decent chance that we will see it in the next iPhone.

In December 2007 Apple filed for a patent for a method of embedding an RFID antennae into the capitative layer of the iPhone’s touchscreen, allowing the screen to double as an RFID reader, which was granted and published in July of this year.

“A highly reliable source has informed me that Apple has built some prototypes of the next gen iPhone with an RFID reader built in and they have seen it in action. So its not full NFC but its a start for real service discovery and I’m told that the reaction was very positive that we can expect this in the next gen iPhone,” wrote Rosenberg.

“I’m told that the touch project video and the BT SIG’s specs were all driving forces to push this forward as well as other factors,” Rosenberg informs, adding, “Guess I’ll be touching my iPhone to my Mac to link them together to sync iTunes by next year.

The Touch Project video, which demonstrates a possible use for RFID on the iPhone:

[via Near Field Communications World]

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