Christian Zibreg | iDownloadblog | June 8, 2012
According to a new report, Apple will be launching a brand new app for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.
What does it do, you ask? You’ll be pleasantly surprised, that’s for sure. Read on…
Here’s from Mark Gurman, writing for 9to5Mac:
Apple is working on a new in-house application for iOS called “Organize,” but we’re not sure if Organize will be announced with iOS 6 at WWDC, or if it is a future App Store app from Apple, a future iOS enhancement, or something scrapped all together.
The application is said to be a virtual pocket, and the app’s purpose is to be able to replicate a person’s pocket and store things such as coupons, travel information, credit card info and more.
The author, however, is not sure whether Organize will be announced at WWDC or if it’s a future iOS app/integral part of iOS 6, “or something scrapped all together”.
Be that as it may, the Organize app sounds a lot like the Apple-patented iWallet thing.
Playing a guessing game, Gurman wrote that Apple “will be using the neat camera-based scanning software for the scanning in of business cards and receipts”
Upon scanning, you’d use that to “provide virtual items that get used when shopping and travelling”
The teen blogging phenom goes on to speculate more, thinking “this application will eventually tie into the rumored Apple wallet/NFC service at some point in the future”.
He could be on to something here, especially taking into account a number of NFC-related rumors pertaining to the iPhone, all of them failing to materialize to date.
But Apple could possibly have far more intelligent solution in the cards than using a special chip to handle wireless payments.
I like an idea Mike Elgan recently proposed in his article over at Cult of Mac under the “Inside Apple’s Secret Plan to Kill the Cash Register” headline.
In Layman’s terms, instead of using an NFC chip in future iPhones, Apple could just tap Bluetooth 4.0 for iWallet.
And because Bluetooth 4.0 is already found on latest iOS devices.
“It’s already in your pocket”, John Brownlee explained in another Cult of Mac article.
So. theoretically speaking, all Apple needs to do to make iWallet a reality is ship an app.
Look at how payment works at your local Apple Store. You walk in, flag down a Genius, you tell him what you want, he swipes your card on his iPhone and you walk right out the door. You don’t wait in line at a register. There’s no till. It’s all done wherever. That’s how Apple believes retail shopping should be done.
So retailers could just replace their cash registers with… Continue Reading