iPad 2, iPhone 5 To Get RFID/NFC Accessories

Both the iPad 2 and the iPhone 5 are likely to be equipped with near field communication (NFC) chips which brings seamless connectivity to mobile devices while being frugal on power consumption.

iLounge cites an anonymous source who told them that Apple is "actively developing" new accessories that will use this feature.

Using NFC means that phones may be able to bypass Bluetooth altogether; one application could be that the device goes into hibernation mode when docked.

Obviously, our wish is to one day have a docking station that can charge the iPhone or the iPad wirelessly and at the same time, sync with it; for more on it, check our April fool article from 2009.

Very short range wireless technology like NFC is likely to replace Bluetooth in most scenarii where an initial "handshake" between two devices has to be made.

It is rumoured that both the iPad 2 and the iPhone 5 will feature technology from NXP Semiconductor, the company that supplies the technology behind many "touch and go" systems on the market.