Apple has plans for NFC that go beyond Apple Pay

Apple has plans for NFC that go beyond Apple Pay
After years of speculation, Apple this year baked NFC support into the Apple iPhone 6 and Apple iPhone 6 Plus. The reason,. of course, was to enable these phones to work with Apple Pay, the manufacturer's new mobile payment service. But Apple has other plans for the NFC connectivity offered with its new smartphone models.

A report published Monday states that Apple is talking with other companies about using the NFC capabilities on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus as a way to allow entry into high security facilities, or as a replacement for tickets to sporting events. There is even talk about using the iPhone's NFC chip as a way to allow entry through public transit turnstiles. One partnership has already been announced with Starwood Hotels, which will allow guests with the Apple Watch to use the timepiece as a room key. This, however, will employ Bluetooth connectivity instead of NFC.

With some retailers backing out of Apple Pay, having other uses for the NFC connection offered by Apple's new iPhones could more than make up for any lost opportunity on Apple's part.

source: TheInformation via 9to5Mac, BGR

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20 Comments

1. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

How much time will this take to be practical?

2. Sauce2

Posts: 199; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Well as results show (Apple Pay), once Apple does it, it's practical and widely used. We'll find out.

18. Chuck007

Posts: 1410; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

Holy crap DogeShibe! Is that your dog? Looks exactly the same as mine. :D

3. TimCook

Posts: 450; Member since: Oct 23, 2014

I payed with Apple pay at the Apple Store to buy my new Air2 Great experience, I don't want it use a credit card again..

8. Rydsmith unregistered

Did you iPad cause you to fail English? It is paid, not payed. Last time I check Apple doesn't take manual labor on a boat as payment.

9. Rydsmith unregistered

Your* Jesus the iPhone has the worst autocorrect I have ever been subjected to.

11. Onemanmanyphones

Posts: 5; Member since: May 25, 2014

Since the correct usage of the English language seems so important to you, can I assume that you meant to type, "The last time I checked, Apple doesn't take manual labor on a boat as payment."? Just wondering.

14. UglyFrank

Posts: 2190; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

That's called muphry's law.

19. AlikMalix unregistered

According to your list of phones owned - you dont have an iPhone... (Hurry, go add it, so you dont look stupid blaming your android "autocorrect" on iPhone....)

16. ojdidit84

Posts: 462; Member since: Jul 16, 2011

I'm pretty sure that English isn't the guys first language, douchebag... That much is obvious by the way that he arranged his words. Can you speak his language fluently?

4. DnB925Art

Posts: 1167; Member since: May 23, 2013

It depends. For example, as using it as your room key, they would have to change all the door locks of every room in a hotel chain, which is a huge cost, considering how many hotels are in the Starwood's family and that is A LOT of hotel rooms.

12. remtothemax

Posts: 260; Member since: May 02, 2012

well, it depends on what their customers are like. basically every study ever has concluded that iphone users tend to be wealthier and spend more money. if being an apple hotel where you can use your phone as the key, buy things in the room, restaurant, shops, salons, whatever with apple pay, it may actually make hotels a lot of money to make it work and also save them from people choosing other hotels because they want the ease of use.

5. Guti986

Posts: 78; Member since: Dec 26, 2013

Isn't this common practice overseas for years now?

6. PK1983

Posts: 215; Member since: Aug 08, 2012

Apple's iCloud was hacked for a few nude celeb pics and people would trust them with something as important as their banking info, access to restricted areas, and room key? Even the NSA is not above technology screwing them over. Somethings just work better when they are simple.

13. remtothemax

Posts: 260; Member since: May 02, 2012

yeah, touch id/apple pay are not done through iCloud. they are stored locally. yes, this still opens you up to the risk of phone theft and it has been proven that you can use fingerprints from the phone to gain access, however 99% of people are not going to be worth the effort to go through that and even if you were, it takes time to make the dummy fingerprints. by the time the process was complete, you would either be back to your hotel room or have realized your phone has been stolen, so either way the lock would be changed. you should research the platform before you bash it. at least then your criticism will look legitimate rather than a luddite rant. there are problems with using touch id so widely, but if you are going to troll, at least troll well.

20. AlikMalix unregistered

iCloud was NOT hacked, dude. Read the articles again -- information about celebrities (that everyone knows) was used to access their iCloud "forgot my password" if you're a Paris Hilton, do not use your mothers maden name, or what your dogs name, or first school teacher is - this information is available on fan sites all over the web... It's easy, also other cloud services were in that same bunch - just that the media does not know what they are - but they sure do know iCloud... Just some FYI... before you make a fool for believing your own android trollfriends...

7. hemedans

Posts: 746; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

soon people will forget that nokia and phillips invent this, apple will take all credit.

15. pegasso

Posts: 285; Member since: Nov 27, 2011

yeah, Nokia 6131 NFC started it. Android phones popularized it. Apple follows...

17. Chuck007

Posts: 1410; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

Good job Apple. Making everything easily hackable for everyone.

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