Apple has been busy patenting all things NFC, but according to silicon manufacturers it will be Android handsets that bring short-range wireless into the mainstream first. Near Field Communications - a short-range radio standard aimed at the proximity-payment/home-automation market - will appear in a "vast portfolio of [Android …
practical and popular
Did you mean "magical and revolutionary"? Or is the concept not old enough yet to receive its retro-come-back award?
Is it me...
Or is Apple taking the pith with all these patent apps?
iTravel - more prior art
Apart from the NFC, it sounds identical to a scheme I read about here in the UK (possibly here on the Reg!). The only difference was that instead of using NFC to transfer data from the phone to the transponder at the ticket barrier, it used a grid code sent to the phone as an MMS. All the phone user had to do was display the picture to a scanner, et voila. Simple, effective, needs nothing magical on a phone at all.
Do iPhones do MMS yet?
As for providing mug shots, finger prints, etc. surely the consequences would be that the security of a nation's borders and travel system then rests with the security of Apple's servers. Sounds like a good idea?