Something Extra-Musical May Come Embedded in the iPhone 6 Next Week

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.

Now that Apple has acquired Beats, it would be embarrassing for Apple not to include what Beats already calls the “tap to pair” functionality in the iPhone 6.

Interesting, no? But I still won’t buy any Beats headphones because they sound like crap. Read the whole article here.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

One thought on “Something Extra-Musical May Come Embedded in the iPhone 6 Next Week

  • September 4, 2014 at 8:31 am
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    Just a little FYI. I currently work at an Apple Store and I’ve never been a fan of the Beats brand headphones.

    They recently released a pair of headphones called the Solo 2s or Squared? The sound in these is totally different from any other pair I’ve listened to. I don’t know if this is going to be a new thing where they start making headphones that sounds good AS WELL. As look cool? But I totally recommend giving them a try. For headphones in the $200 price range they are outstanding. Completely redesigned sound as far as Beats goes. I really hope this is a step in a new direction for them, because I hate telling people my real opinion of them since the purchase by Apple…..

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