How Apple Will Integrate NFC With The iPhone and Macs

Posted Mar 18, 2011

According to a source with CultOfMac, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is working on testing out near-field communications technology on a few prototype iPhones and Macs. The source does not know whether Apple will integrate NFC into the iPhone 5 or not. One of the key components of Apple’s use of NFC is the Mac App Store.

Apple will allow people to log in to computers using NFC-equipped iPhones. The iPhone will load the user’s files and settings through the Internet and add the applications they own from the Mac App Store to the guest Mac computer.

The icons will appear in the dock on the remote Mac, but it won’t be downloaded unless the application is opened. When the NFC connection is broken, the apps are deleted and the computer returns to the previous state.

Apple is also developing ways to automatically save files in an app. The files are transferred to Apple’s servers so that documents and files created through the apps are automatically saved and synced to MobileMe. The remote system is being developed and may not be made public.