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Apple's Adoption of NFC Foretells the Next Wave of Connected Devices

Published: 16 October 2014

ID: G00270989

Analyst(s): Sandy Shen , Mark Hung


With Apple ending its holdout on NFC, the wireless technology is expected to proliferate across a diverse set of mobile, computing and consumer electronics platforms, affecting electronics equipment manufacturers and wireless semiconductor companies.

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  • Impacts


Impacts and Recommendations

  • Apple's adoption of NFC will create a ripple effect across the mobile, computing and consumer electronics industries
  • Apple's inclusion of NFC in both iPhone 6 and Apple Watch will drive innovations in chipset and system design by wireless semiconductor companies
  • Apple Pay represents a good first step for Apple in the mobile payment market, but obstacles remain for the company

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