Apple Will Incorporate an NFC Module With Wireless Charging In the New iPhone
As we already know iPhone 6, which is officially launched on September 9, will feature a chip providing the support of the Near Field Communication (NFC) wireless technology. According to the new Apple‘s patent, the company may implement a special module enabling wireless charging in the novelty.
As iBtimes reports, the American computer electronics giant patented a chip that can transmit signals via NFC and receive power from a wireless charger simultaneously. Incorporation of several functions in the single microchip will reduce its production cost.
At the moment, the high price is one of the reasons why wireless smartphone charging is so poorly marketable. It is only available in some phones running Android or Windows Phone so far; even so, the feature is typically optional.
The module patented by Apple can also be used for transferring vibration and audio signals, and sharing data via the NFC wireless technology. The latter enables using an iPhone 6 as a remotely working ticket, credit card, or even an ID card. Another functional area of a smartphone equipped with an NFC-chip is the Internet of Things. For instance, the device that is put to a terminal can serve as a key to the front door.
In 2006, Nokia was the first to embed an NFC-chip into a phone. Some companies including Samsung and LG equipped their smartphones and tablets with it since 2011. However, the technology hasn’t got widespread yet. Holding the data on hundreds of millions of customers’ credit cards connected to the Apple Store and iTunes, Apple has all the resources to popularize mobile payments.