It appears I was wrong partially yesterday in stating that Nokia was the only mobile manufacturer known to be actively pursuing Near Field Communication (NFC) in their devices. From the AppleBlog:
The next iPhone could take advantage of Near Field Communication (NFC) to allow you to take your preferences, files and even applications from your home Mac and use them on other Apple computers. The inclusion of NFC tech could make having Macs on premises a priority for hotels and other businesses.
The rumor about NFC in the next iPhone revision comes courtesy of a source talking to Cult of Mac, who wished to remain anonymous. Initially, according to the report, the iPhone 5 would work sort of like an electronic wallet that carries around your personal information and allows you to use it on other Macs. That could include address book information, logins and more. Later, it could fully transform any Mac into a mirror image of your own.
The iPhone as lynchpin in a mobile commerce future.
The latest buzz about the iPhone as a mobile payment device comes from reports that Apple is in negotiations to buy Boku, a mobile payments startup. […]
Boku allows users to pay for digital goods and services using their mobile phones. Essentially, it allows iTunes Store-style purchasing to things beyond Apple’s own offerings. […]
Combined with expanded Apple ID purchasing power online, NFC-based payments would make the iPhone a mobile wallet capable of paying for virtually anything, so long as Apple can secure interest from retail partners, which probably won’t be a problem, given the iPhone’s reach and mass market appeal.