We’re getting a new iPhone next week with a bigger screen, sapphire glass and a new antenna design. But it also might contain an NFC (near field communication chip) which will allow users to pay for something with just the swipe of their phone. Nice, but there could me more to this chip than making it faster to pay for lattes. And it has to do with music–or, specifically, headphones. This is from Venture Beat:
[A] phone with an NFC chip could pair with Bluetooth headphones or wireless speakers with an NFC chip inside — like Beats speakers, for instance.
Right now, Beats has two products that have an NFC chip inside — the Pill speaker and the Pill XL speaker. (Beats also has a line of wireless headphones, but a Beats spokeswoman points out that NFC chips are presently not being built into them.)
As iPhone users don’t know, users just tap the their phones against the Beats device to instantly pair. People who use Android or Windows phones can already tap to connect with those devices. And pairing using NFC is far easier than the multi-step process of Bluetooth pairing, which can be frustrating and time-consuming … and sometimes doesn’t work at all.
Interesting, no? But I still won’t buy any Beats headphones because they sound like crap. Read the whole article here.