Apple NFC RFID Touchscreen Patent – iPhone / iPod / iPad
It appears that the Cupertino-based tech giant has posted another NFC patent for an RFID reader – this one happens to be incorporated into the screen of a ‘portable touchscreen device’ – NFC equipped iPhone’s and iPod’s anyone?
The new Apple â€œTouch Screen RFID Tag Readerâ€ patent plans out the proposed â€œefficient incorporation of RFID circuitry within touch sensor panel circuitryâ€.
The potential iPhone 5 NFC system includes a mobile ID app for reading RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) tacks and a method of using RFID to sense and detect available Wi-Fi networks.
The apparent iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad mobile ID app would also combine the RFID reader with the camera and an IR image capture device to identify objects – this should cover quick links to sites, instant price comparisons, e-Wallet payments, Oyster Card access, etc
So – will Apple actually be loading their handheld’s with NFC tech or will they stick with the the third-party route for payments and such – that would mean that they’re just stock-piling patents and are ready to pounce on some unsuspecting tech company with the full-force of Apple’s letigious legal team.
What are your thoughts?