Apple Job Offer Seeks for RFID Experts

We’ve heard a couple of times about RFID arriving on the iPhone 5 and the iPad 2. This information has been further strengthened by a new Apple job listing that requests a payment platform expert in RFID.

RFID is similar to NFC (near field communications) in that it can be used to wirelessly transmit data over a very short distance. In turn, the iPhone 5 or other device with NFC built in can then be used as a mobile e-wallet to pay for items whilst out shopping.

It is now expected that Apple will include NFC/RFID technology in the iPhone 5 and that mid 2011 will see the launch of a mobile payment solution perhaps starting in Apple stores and then branching out to 3rd party retailers. This part we don’t know yet.

Although rumors are hinting at the iPad 2 also getting RFID, we suspect it will probably land in the iPhone 5 as the iPad 2 is only a couple of months away from launch from what we understand. If Apple is launching the iPad 2 in the next couple of months then there’s no chance someone taking this new job offer now could have any impact on the insides of the device which were probably finalized months ago. But, the iPhone 5 is still 5 months away, so there still might be chance there.

Via: Apple Insider and Geeky Gadgets

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