A new theory is suggesting that Apple is an app away from transforming the manner in which the world will pay for items at the cash register, using a concept called iWallet. ResearchFarm analyst Pablo Saez Gil has suggested that the highly anticipated iWallet concept will use Bluetooth 4.0 communication rather than the Near Field Communication technology which has been highly touted as being the ‘next big thing’ for Apple mobile devices (via Computerworld). The reason that this is such a interesting statement in the context of iWallet is that both the iPhone 4S and the new iPad support Bluetooth 4.0.
The rumors surrounding iWallet are nothing new since iWallet has been the subject of a number of reports regarding patents that Apple has filed, and many have postulated that iWallet will be the killer feature of the next generation iPhone. However, if the analysts theory proves to be true, then it means that the iPhone 4S, with Bluetooth 4.0, is already equipped for iWallet and that Apple could simply ship an iWallet app to make the transition to consumers paying for goods using their iPhone.
Taken in the context of the implications of the Bluetooth 4.0 theory, what is more likely is that iWallet could be the killer feature of iOS 6. The next version of Apple’s mobile operating system is expected to be previewed at the World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC), due to take place next month in San Francisco.
Along with a new Retina Display-enabled Mac line-up, iWallet could be the next big thing.