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Watch out for NFC in Apple’s product announcements

Finally to do a U-turn about a technology it didn’t invent

Until today, Cupertino-based Apple has been pretty vocal in its dismissal of NFC [Near Field Communication] as a key technology in the mobile space. GoMo News has always maintained that Apple was instead keen on pumping up its AirDrop (Wi-fi based) technology instead. Comments by Apple’s Phil Schiller have always been taken to mean that the company has on intention of incorporating it. But the rumour mill insists NFC will be inside the iPhone 6 and maybe even an iWatch. According to Ovum, Apple might complete a full U-turn and make the NFC sector its own!

Eden Zoller, a principal analyst, with Ovum, commented, “If Apple is forming alliances with major card schemes and riding on contactless rails then embracing NFC is a pragmatic move.”

She continued, “We would expect Apple to prove highly effective at marketing NFC to consumers, creating awareness and excitement around NFC capabilities in a way others have so far failed to do.”

Zoller added, “This is turn could help ignite merchant interest in NFC, that so far has remained cool due to lack of consumer uptake.”

Now Apple is rumoured to have been in discussions with major financial institutions to make mobile payments are more widespread. Presumably by using NFC.

The list includes Visa, Mastercard and Amex.

However, GoMo News believes the original clue came some time back when Brightwire reported a a deal between Apple and China UnionPay so that customers could use the latter’s ‘QuickPass’ POS machines in China. Using NFC, of course.

Tony is currently Editor of GoMobile News. He’s a veteran telecoms journalist who has previously worked for major printed and online titles. Follow him on Twitter @GoMoTweet.

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Watch out for NFC in Apple’s product announcements

Finally to do a U-turn about a technology it didn’t invent

Until today, Cupertino-based Apple has been pretty vocal in its dismissal of NFC [Near Field Communication] as a key technology in the mobile space. GoMo News has always maintained that Apple was instead keen on pumping up its AirDrop (Wi-fi based) technology instead. Comments by Apple’s Phil Schiller have always been taken to mean that the company has on intention of incorporating it. But the rumour mill insists NFC will be inside the iPhone 6 and maybe even an iWatch. According to Ovum, Apple might complete a full U-turn and make the NFC sector its own!

Eden Zoller, a principal analyst, with Ovum, commented, “If Apple is forming alliances with major card schemes and riding on contactless rails then embracing NFC is a pragmatic move.”

She continued, “We would expect Apple to prove highly effective at marketing NFC to consumers, creating awareness and excitement around NFC capabilities in a way others have so far failed to do.”

Zoller added, “This is turn could help ignite merchant interest in NFC, that so far has remained cool due to lack of consumer uptake.”

Now Apple is rumoured to have been in discussions with major financial institutions to make mobile payments are more widespread. Presumably by using NFC.

The list includes Visa, Mastercard and Amex.

However, GoMo News believes the original clue came some time back when Brightwire reported a a deal between Apple and China UnionPay so that customers could use the latter’s ‘QuickPass’ POS machines in China. Using NFC, of course.

Tony is currently Editor of GoMobile News. He’s a veteran telecoms journalist who has previously worked for major printed and online titles. Follow him on Twitter @GoMoTweet.

This article was published in Apple, NFC, mobile news, mobile payments and tagged . Bookmark the permalink.


GoMo News

Watch out for NFC in Apple’s product announcements

Finally to do a U-turn about a technology it didn’t invent

Until today, Cupertino-based Apple has been pretty vocal in its dismissal of NFC [Near Field Communication] as a key technology in the mobile space. GoMo News has always maintained that Apple was instead keen on pumping up its AirDrop (Wi-fi based) technology instead. Comments by Apple’s Phil Schiller have always been taken to mean that the company has on intention of incorporating it. But the rumour mill insists NFC will be inside the iPhone 6 and maybe even an iWatch. According to Ovum, Apple might complete a full U-turn and make the NFC sector its own!

Eden Zoller, a principal analyst, with Ovum, commented, “If Apple is forming alliances with major card schemes and riding on contactless rails then embracing NFC is a pragmatic move.”

She continued, “We would expect Apple to prove highly effective at marketing NFC to consumers, creating awareness and excitement around NFC capabilities in a way others have so far failed to do.”

Zoller added, “This is turn could help ignite merchant interest in NFC, that so far has remained cool due to lack of consumer uptake.”

Now Apple is rumoured to have been in discussions with major financial institutions to make mobile payments are more widespread. Presumably by using NFC.

The list includes Visa, Mastercard and Amex.

However, GoMo News believes the original clue came some time back when Brightwire reported a a deal between Apple and China UnionPay so that customers could use the latter’s ‘QuickPass’ POS machines in China. Using NFC, of course.

Tony is currently Editor of GoMobile News. He’s a veteran telecoms journalist who has previously worked for major printed and online titles. Follow him on Twitter @GoMoTweet.

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More rumours about Apple’s iWatch emerge

Speculation that Apple will finally release its vision of wearable technology in terms of a smartwatch – commonly beleived to be called the iWatch, have emerged once more. There have been multiple reports all suggesting that Apple’s smartwatch is finally becoming a step closer to reality with a Taiwanese company, Quanta Computers, will in the frame to starting production next month [July 2014]. Perhaps most signficantly, such a production schedule would almost certainly lead to first product availability for the iWatch as early as October [2014].

The delay between first manufacture and commerical availability could be that Apple has ambitious plans for the iWatch and expects to sell 50 million of the devices in its first twelve months.

That’s an impressive figure. If GoMO News’ memory serves it correctly, when the iPhone first came out the company only expected to sell some six million units.

We’d question whether there are 50 million existing iPhone users ready to buy the iWatch as soon as it is released.

That leaves two possible scenarios: – one that the iWatch would be compatible with other mobile OS like Android. That’s extremely unlikely.

The second one is more plausible. That the iWatch will be a standalone device just like an iPod, although it could be used in conjunction with other Apple products such as the iPhone and iPad.

Hence the revelation that the iWatch “will only work with other Apple devices for tasks such as messaging.” Makes sense.

The fact that it will have “a touch interface”. Is hardly revolutionary.

However, the fatc that it has a 2.5-inch diagonal face and is “slightly rectangular and will protrude slightly from the band, creating an arched shape,” sounds like a genuine leak

Perhaps the most revealing leak is the fact that LG will initially make the iWatch’s screen.

Dave Evans is a long established commentator on both the IT and cellular industries. His current focus is on share price trends within the sector. You can email him here

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GoMo News

More rumours about Apple’s iWatch emerge

Speculation that Apple will finally release its vision of wearable technology in terms of a smartwatch – commonly beleived to be called the iWatch, have emerged once more. There have been multiple reports all suggesting that Apple’s smartwatch is finally becoming a step closer to reality with a Taiwanese company, Quanta Computers, will in the frame to starting production next month [July 2014]. Perhaps most signficantly, such a production schedule would almost certainly lead to first product availability for the iWatch as early as October [2014].

The delay between first manufacture and commerical availability could be that Apple has ambitious plans for the iWatch and expects to sell 50 million of the devices in its first twelve months.

That’s an impressive figure. If GoMO News’ memory serves it correctly, when the iPhone first came out the company only expected to sell some six million units.

We’d question whether there are 50 million existing iPhone users ready to buy the iWatch as soon as it is released.

That leaves two possible scenarios: – one that the iWatch would be compatible with other mobile OS like Android. That’s extremely unlikely.

The second one is more plausible. That the iWatch will be a standalone device just like an iPod, although it could be used in conjunction with other Apple products such as the iPhone and iPad.

Hence the revelation that the iWatch “will only work with other Apple devices for tasks such as messaging.” Makes sense.

The fact that it will have “a touch interface”. Is hardly revolutionary.

However, the fatc that it has a 2.5-inch diagonal face and is “slightly rectangular and will protrude slightly from the band, creating an arched shape,” sounds like a genuine leak

Perhaps the most revealing leak is the fact that LG will initially make the iWatch’s screen.

Dave Evans is a long established commentator on both the IT and cellular industries. His current focus is on share price trends within the sector. You can email him here

This article was published in Apple, LG, Mobile Devices, mobile fashion and tagged . Bookmark the permalink.


GoMo News

More rumours about Apple’s iWatch emerge

Speculation that Apple will finally release its vision of wearable technology in terms of a smartwatch – commonly beleived to be called the iWatch, have emerged once more. There have been multiple reports all suggesting that Apple’s smartwatch is finally becoming a step closer to reality with a Taiwanese company, Quanta Computers, will in the frame to starting production next month [July 2014]. Perhaps most signficantly, such a production schedule would almost certainly lead to first product availability for the iWatch as early as October [2014].

The delay between first manufacture and commerical availability could be that Apple has ambitious plans for the iWatch and expects to sell 50 million of the devices in its first twelve months.

That’s an impressive figure. If GoMO News’ memory serves it correctly, when the iPhone first came out the company only expected to sell some six million units.

We’d question whether there are 50 million existing iPhone users ready to buy the iWatch as soon as it is released.

That leaves two possible scenarios: – one that the iWatch would be compatible with other mobile OS like Android. That’s extremely unlikely.

The second one is more plausible. That the iWatch will be a standalone device just like an iPod, although it could be used in conjunction with other Apple products such as the iPhone and iPad.

Hence the revelation that the iWatch “will only work with other Apple devices for tasks such as messaging.” Makes sense.

The fact that it will have “a touch interface”. Is hardly revolutionary.

However, the fatc that it has a 2.5-inch diagonal face and is “slightly rectangular and will protrude slightly from the band, creating an arched shape,” sounds like a genuine leak

Perhaps the most revealing leak is the fact that LG will initially make the iWatch’s screen.

Dave Evans is a long established commentator on both the IT and cellular industries. His current focus is on share price trends within the sector. You can email him here

This article was published in Apple, LG, Mobile Devices, mobile fashion and tagged . Bookmark the permalink.


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Guest Post: iBeacons – Apple’s threat to NFC

by Ryan Benson, a blogger who sometimes works with iPhone.Plaveb

ryan is a little shy

Beacons are turning out to be the new buzzword – often eliminating the gap existing between online and offline. Beacons can play an instrumental role in improving customer satisfaction level by reducing friction between the customer and the brand. To this end, Apple has created an indoor positioning system which it calls iBeacon. The system uses Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) – otherwise known as Bluetooth 4.0 or Bluetooth Smart. Some even consider iBeacon to be a possible threat to Near Field Communication (NFC). [But GoMo News doesn’t – Ed.] Below I outline the reasons why I think iBeacon might trounce NFC.

Apple has provided support for BLE on every iOS device since the iPhone 4S.

However, many Android smartphones also support Bluetooth 4.0 and Android OS 4.3 or above such as the Samsung Galaxy S III and 4; Nexus 4; HTC One; and Droid DNA.

Apple introduced support for iBeacon’s small Bluetooth sensors in iOS 7 which create a ‘beacon’ around a region.

This effectively means that an app can alert a consumer when a consumer enters such region.

For example, if a consumer enters a retail outlet, the consumer could receive instant notifications of items on sale or items a consumer may be looking for.

It also goes one step ahead to enable a consumer to make payments at the point of sale (POS), thereby eliminating the need of producing a wallet or card to make a payment.

Recently, Apple launched its iBeacon strategy for retail stores. In this context-driven world, iBeacon can provide the right information at the right time and at the right place.

Remember a consumer can choose to receive notifications plus do the following: –

  • Collect online orders: – check out the latest happenings in store
  • Read reviews and buy accessories
  • Check stock availability and receive notifications for products based on the consumer’s preferences
  • Make final payment

NFC versus iBeacon

NFC was once considered the future of mobile payments. But, Apple’s iBeacon is certainly challenging NFC. T

he biggest advantage is the trust that users typically associate with a brand such as Apple.

On the other hand, NFC has struggled to win the customer’s trust. There is no denying the fact that both users and brands will embrace iBeacon.

Many big and market-leading brands will use iBeacons for their stores and apps to improve bottom-line results and reach affluent Apple users.

In fact, Major League Baseball (MLB) has announced it will use iBeacons to help fans attending the games.

Here are the other factors that work in favour of iBeacon: –

  • NFC’s range is up to 20 cm (7.87 inches) but the actual optimal range is < 4cm (1.57 inches). Whereas iBeacons can work up to 50 m range
  • A mobile device needs an NFC chip so that it can handle NFC communications
  • The majority of phones don’t have NFC chips (especially no iOS devices) but most have Bluetooth capability

iBeacon failed to create flutter when it was announced at the company’s WorldWide Developer Conference back in June 2013.

Apple recently [December 2013] switched on iBeacon in more than 250 Apple stores, providing product updates and other information to shoppers who had downloaded the App Store app.

However, this revolutionary technology is all set to transform not just the retail sector, but transcend way beyond across different industries.

Apple said iBeacon provides apps with “a whole new level of micro-location awareness, such as trail markers in a park, exhibits in a museum, or product displays in stores.”

While it is now only just the beginning of Apple’s iBeacon, a deeper integration with iOS ecosystem will make it a force to reckon with in the near future.

Author Biog

Ryan Benson works with iPhone.Plaveb, a leading iOS application development company, specialising in developing best-in-class iPhone applications plus iPad apps. He enjoys keeping a track of the latest development in iOS ecosystem. In his spare time,readers will find him blogging on various tech web sites.

GoMo News welcomes contributions from anyone inside the mobile/cellular sector. If you’d like to talk about sponsoring pages on this publication please email to ads@gomonews.com. Follow us on Twitter @GoMoTweet


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Guest Post: iBeacons – Apple’s threat to NFC

by Ryan Benson, a blogger who sometimes works with iPhone.Plaveb

ryan is a little shy

Beacons are turning out to be the new buzzword – often eliminating the gap existing between online and offline. Beacons can play an instrumental role in improving customer satisfaction level by reducing friction between the customer and the brand. To this end, Apple has created an indoor positioning system which it calls iBeacon. The system uses Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) – otherwise known as Bluetooth 4.0 or Bluetooth Smart. Some even consider iBeacon to be a possible threat to Near Field Communication (NFC). [But GoMo News doesn’t – Ed.] Below I outline the reasons why I think iBeacon might trounce NFC.

Apple has provided support for BLE on every iOS device since the iPhone 4S.

However, many Android smartphones also support Bluetooth 4.0 and Android OS 4.3 or above such as the Samsung Galaxy S III and 4; Nexus 4; HTC One; and Droid DNA.

Apple introduced support for iBeacon’s small Bluetooth sensors in iOS 7 which create a ‘beacon’ around a region.

This effectively means that an app can alert a consumer when a consumer enters such region.

For example, if a consumer enters a retail outlet, the consumer could receive instant notifications of items on sale or items a consumer may be looking for.

It also goes one step ahead to enable a consumer to make payments at the point of sale (POS), thereby eliminating the need of producing a wallet or card to make a payment.

Recently, Apple launched its iBeacon strategy for retail stores. In this context-driven world, iBeacon can provide the right information at the right time and at the right place.

Remember a consumer can choose to receive notifications plus do the following: –

  • Collect online orders: – check out the latest happenings in store
  • Read reviews and buy accessories
  • Check stock availability and receive notifications for products based on the consumer’s preferences
  • Make final payment

NFC versus iBeacon

NFC was once considered the future of mobile payments. But, Apple’s iBeacon is certainly challenging NFC. T

he biggest advantage is the trust that users typically associate with a brand such as Apple.

On the other hand, NFC has struggled to win the customer’s trust. There is no denying the fact that both users and brands will embrace iBeacon.

Many big and market-leading brands will use iBeacons for their stores and apps to improve bottom-line results and reach affluent Apple users.

In fact, Major League Baseball (MLB) has announced it will use iBeacons to help fans attending the games.

Here are the other factors that work in favour of iBeacon: –

  • NFC’s range is up to 20 cm (7.87 inches) but the actual optimal range is < 4cm (1.57 inches). Whereas iBeacons can work up to 50 m range
  • A mobile device needs an NFC chip so that it can handle NFC communications
  • The majority of phones don’t have NFC chips (especially no iOS devices) but most have Bluetooth capability

iBeacon failed to create flutter when it was announced at the company’s WorldWide Developer Conference back in June 2013.

Apple recently [December 2013] switched on iBeacon in more than 250 Apple stores, providing product updates and other information to shoppers who had downloaded the App Store app.

However, this revolutionary technology is all set to transform not just the retail sector, but transcend way beyond across different industries.

Apple said iBeacon provides apps with “a whole new level of micro-location awareness, such as trail markers in a park, exhibits in a museum, or product displays in stores.”

While it is now only just the beginning of Apple’s iBeacon, a deeper integration with iOS ecosystem will make it a force to reckon with in the near future.

Author Biog

Ryan Benson works with iPhone.Plaveb, a leading iOS application development company, specialising in developing best-in-class iPhone applications plus iPad apps. He enjoys keeping a track of the latest development in iOS ecosystem. In his spare time,readers will find him blogging on various tech web sites.

GoMo News welcomes contributions from anyone inside the mobile/cellular sector. If you’d like to talk about sponsoring pages on this publication please email to ads@gomonews.com. Follow us on Twitter @GoMoTweet


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