News of a new iPhone 5 release date and features rumor surfaced today. Apple fans are looking forward to hearing confirmation from Apple about the launch of the company's 6th generation cellphone model, but in the meantime, a lot of talk has gone into what the iPhone 5 specs will be.
The new rumor states Apple has snapped up a patent which will allow near-field communication chips to be added to the rumored 2012 smartphone. The device will allow payments from consumers to merchants, but its been reported the device might be used for gifting between compatible devices. This sounds like a great idea, though probably not the best idea for everyone. Unless it can be limited. It seems it would be easy to rack up a lot of iTunes charges.
The process, called "Gifting" allows for sending and receiving media files from iTunes, or a similar service, between electronic devices. The NFC chip allows users to transfer the gifted media to another user by authorizing a charge to their iTunes account, and then tapping a nearby user.
So while the iPhone 5 release date is still up in the air, though hopefully sometime this September, at least there are plenty of spec rumors to keep iPhone aficionados somewhat content. At least for now.
This sounds like a neat feature for sharing media. It truly does seem the "There's an App for That" statement is proving true.
What do you think of this iPhone 5 release date and spec rumor? Do you think the "Gifting" feature via the NFC chip is a good advancement for Apple mobile devices?