There has been a wealth of patents being filed lately by Apple. Many journalist are speculating that these patents give insight into the technology that we can expect to see in upcoming iPhones; I think they might have a different purpose.
As we continue to watch the mobile platform war rage on it’s becoming increasingly obvious that Google and it’s constituents are worthy competitors. Apple recently filed a lawsuit agains HTC for infringement on nearly 20 different patent owned by Apple. But what Apple might have thought would be a easy victory by pure intimidation is about to turn into a full-fledged legal battle.
There has been a number of existing patents which surround the iPhone platform in the past to never see the light of day. So in my eyes I think this excessive patenting by Apple is to try and lock down all the good ideas before opposing companies can get to them.
I have to admit, however, that some of the rumoured features would be super cool. Notably the ones mentioned is my post regarding the RFID chips being built into the phones.
Anybody and everybody who lives in our current era of complex commerce has grown used to the elaborate task of managing their money among many different accounts and payment methods. With more iPhone rumours circling the internet regarding a certain patent recently submitted by Apple. People can take a breath, or more of a sigh (of relief), that companies like Apple are working towards making things easier for all of us.
Geek.com‘s description of the patent that hass been filed describes the use of RFID chips in Apples next generation of iPhone devices. What’s so exciting about this is the ability to carry one device which manages every mobile aspect of your life from payment to accessing protected places or things.
Gizmodo published an article talking about what appears to be a rather unwieldily accelerometer based combination lock. But what’s more important is how the article goes on to describe potential uses of security apps relying on the internal RFID.
More on the topic of money and iPhones is the news of an upcoming PayPal app which allows bumping money from iPhone to iPhone. Lifehacker published an article describing the app which (apart from its money bumping ability) enables advanced money/account management functions making those awkward college dinners with friends and stacks of IOU’s far easier to manage.
Things are looking interesting for iPhone fans in the near future. The next rumoured launch for an iPhone might be this summer. We should all remain securely planted in our seats until we see these rumours actualized in the release of the next iPhone.