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December 01, 2011


A nimrod over at networkworld by the name of john cox stated that "Maybe it's just Friday Afternoon Brain Freeze Syndrome, but reading these accounts it's hard to shake the suspicion that none of these guys actually have any idea what this patent is really about or how it would affect the User Experience. And we don't either."

Well cox, I guess you just can't read or indeed you have brain freeze syndrome. A digital handshake is another term for peer-to-peer sharing. Apple is known for taking two or more internal teams to research different ways to bring a new technology to market. The competition produces a winner and Apple goes with it.

Apple has a patent on p2p sharing as well as patents for a future iWallet using NFC. If you actually looked at the patent information in this report it shows the kind of data friends or colleagues can share with this new digital handshake concept: share a photo, video, contact, calendar event etc. In business,a handshake is how a meeting begins and ends, usually exchanging business cards or setting up another appointment. So a digital handshake is an interesting way to convey that in the digital world. A means of sharing data.

The bottom line is that this cox character is just another big mouth nobody. How he got a writing job in tech is beyond me and reflects badly on Networkworld.

Apple did hire an NFC industry expert either last year or the year before, but that of course doesn't mean that they will go that route. Given parts of Asia and Europe have been using NFC/RFiD in mobile phones for years, it makes you wonder what's take so long over here.

@ you

That's a good question. If I had to guess, I'd say that Apple will use NFC where it makes sense, like with devices and peripherals using NFC as well as everything related to the future iWallet, as it'll be the standard. But for communications, Apple may use a proprietary system for security reasons.

Will Apple use this technology instead of NFC?

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