On Oct. 28 we wrote about Apple’s working with Gemalto, a European SIM card manufacturer, to install chips into the iPhone and enable it for near field communications.
With this chip servicing the iPhone with NFC, the phone would be turned into an eWallet, allowing iPhone users to scan their phones as credit cards.
Well, a new leak that was scored by Cult of Mac not only confirms that Apple is ambitiously trying to integrate the NFC chip into the next generation iPhone 5, but that the chip would allow the phone to do much more.
According to the source who spoke on condition of anonymity with Cult of Mac, the NFC chip would allow the iPhone to communicate with any Mac and temporarily turn the computer into your own.
“The Mac authenticates with the iPhone, which contains a lot of the information the 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. Your iPhone would be all you needed to unlock your Mac.”
That’s right. NFC would turn anyone’s mac into your own, so long as you had your iPhone 5 to communicate with it–address books, contacts, and it would even extend to software applications. When the user walks away with their iPhone the Mac is restored to its original settings.