iPhone 5 rumors are already starting to pour in, and it seems that all those Near Field Communication (NFC) experts Apple has been hiring may be a major part of the next major step for smartphone functionality in the US. We've heard of NFC being used as a means of purchase (think electronic wallet, with literally all the stuff your wallet typically carries) in devices before, and while it's largely just a tested concept in the States, it's huge in Asian countries such as Japan.
But that's not all. If rumors are to be believed, other applications will be coming to the iPhone 5 via NFC technology as well. According to website Cult of Mac, these rumors come from reliable sources familiar with the project. It can also be used as something of a remote control device for your Mac.
Here is what their source had to say:
"The Mac authenticates with the iPhone, which contains a lot of the information he computer needs, such as bookmarks, passwords and other data…The system would essentially turn any Apple computer into your own–like you're actually working on your own computer. Same settings, look, bookmarks, preferences. It would all be invisible. You iPhone would be all you needed to unlock your Mac."
They also say that when the person walks away with their iPhone, the original settings on the computer would be restored with none of the user's information being stored on the computer.
Sounds quite ambitious.