Before we start with the actual topic here about iPhone NFC hack, I presume it might be necessary to explain what NFC is as not many might have heard about it.
NFC or Near Field Communication is a method for two devices to communicate with each other wirelessly.
Something similar to Bluetooth but actually quite different in reality. The transfer rate of Bluetooth is higher at 2.1Mbits per second. Use of Bluetooth requires pairing of devices and the effective range of Bluetooth is approximately 10 meters.
But Near Field Communication’s transfer is much slower at 424Kbits per second. It does not require pairing, and connection between devices is setup up almost instantly. The power consumed by Near Field is very less as well and the effective range is very small, only about 20 cm.
It has various advantages over Bluetooth though. One example is it’s usefulness in a crowed place where there might be lots of stray signals due to its short range.
Another use is in making credit card payments. This brings us directly to our topic that is hacking your iPhone to enable it to use Near Field Communication, to do Credit Card transactions.
Enabling Near Field Communication capabilities in an iPhone requires chips to be added, which is a difficult process with the use of stickers and lots of soldering, but there is a new, cleaner and simpler way to enable Near Field Communication on iPhones. You only need to be mad enough to remove the back panel of your iPhone.
The simple hack involves getting a Near Field Communication card from your bank and sticking the card on to the battery of your iPhone. This is where taking off the back panel part comes in. Once the card has been attached replace the back and voila, your iPhone is now NFC enabled.
The only drawback here when you compare your iPhone to other NFC enabled phones is that you can stick only one card here, other smartphones come with a chip and can add multiple accounts with the help of a software.