Report: NFC on iPhone 6 Will Only Work With Apple Pay
One of the key new features of the iPhone 6 and the larger-screened iPhone 6 Plus is the inclusion of NFC (near-field communication) technology, which powers Apple Pay. In many phones, NFC not only enables mobile payments, but also allows users to quickly pair speakers and apps.
But according to a Cult of Mac report, Apple is restricting the use of NFC to its new Apple Pay platform. This means iOS developers and accessory makers will be unable, as of now, to incorporate NFC into their apps and products.
The move is similar to what Apple did with Touch ID when it launched on the iPhone 5S last year.
Apple Pay lets users scan their credit cards and keep that information stored within the Passbook app. Rather than pulling out cash or cards to pay in stores, an iPhone 6 owner will be able to simply tap the device to a terminal. The company said last week Apple Pay will work with more than 200,000 merchants, including Whole Foods and Macy’s, and will be integrated into apps from Target and OpenTable.
During the launch, Apple revealed the iPhone 6 NFC chip will soon be able to unlock doors in some hotels and be double as a boarding pass for an airplane, which indicates the company is working with a few partners to use the technology to power various experiences. As of now, it is unknown when it will be opened up to all developers.
Apple representatives didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
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