Yesterday we mentioned the recently discovered patent that shows, once again, that Apple is planning on bringing Near Field Communications (NFC) technology to the new iPhone. Although we mentioned two of the possible uses for NFC technology that the patent hints at–iWallet and playlist transfer–we can’t help but imagine that there are a lot of other possible uses for NFC on the iPhone 5. We’ll cover just 4 potential uses for NFC technology on the new iPhone–and we invite you, our readers, to share any other uses you can think of for NFC.
New iPhone NFC Use #1: Apps
Imagine the scenario: you’re talking to a friend about a cool new app you’ve discovered and you want to quickly (and easily) give this app to your friend. With NFC technology, you could share the app (and any others) with your new iPhone using friend by simply pressing a button. Rather than them having to navigate through the App Store in search of the app, they would easily be able to download the app themselves.
New iPhone NFC Use #2: Photos
While it’s true that you can share photos with friends via text and email, this isn’t very practical when you want to share several photos at once. With an NFC-enabled new iPhone, you could quickly and easily share multiple photos with another iPhone 5 through NFC technology. No need to attach them all to an email or text, as they’ll be seamlessly transferred from your iPhone 5 to another new iPhone.
New iPhone NFC Use #3: iTunes Gift Cards
Although there are a lot of free apps available, there’s always going to be an app or song that you want to buy. That’s why iTunes gift cards are a popular item among iPhone and iPod users. Imagine if you could send iTunes money to your friends electronically and immediately–rather than handing them a card that needs to be keyed in. It’d be pretty convenient for you and for them. We think Apple will implement an NFC feature that allows you to wirelessly send iTunes credit from your new iPhone to your friend’s new iPhone.
New iPhone NFC Use #4: Notes and Calendar Appointments
This would be most useful for business professionals, but may also be very useful for family members and friends as well. With NFC technology, you could share your notes and calendar appointments with friends merely by pressing a single button. The note or calendar appointment would then be transferred to their new iPhone–or from their iPhone to your iPhone 5. Easy–and handy.
So what uses for NFC on the new iPhone would you like to see? Leave us a comment below and make your opinion heard.