Apple to open up the iPhone's NFC chip to some third parties in iOS 12?



According to a report published on Friday, Apple plans on opening up the NFC chip on the iPhone to some third party developers with the release of iOS 12. Apple first added the NFC chip to the Apple iPhone 6 and Apple iPhone 6 Plus so that the handsets could communicate with POS devices for Apple Pay. But by opening up the NFC chip, Apple will be able to add more capabilities for NFC beyond allowing users to pay for purchases with the phone.

Apple wants iPhone users to be able to use their handsets to open hotel rooms, or as a transit card that would allow users to board a subway car, a bus, or a commuter train merely by tapping their handset on a pad. In the U.K., using the phone as a transit card is already possible, while a chip inside iPhone units made since 2016 allows the device to do the same thing in Japan. While some hotels currently allow the iPhone to be used to unlock a room, this is currently achieved using a Bluetooth LE signal, which is not as secure as NFC.

It is unclear whether Apple will add the necessary APIs to its SDK for any developer to use, or whether the company will limit the new capabilities to certain partners via the NFC chip itself. Considering trWe should hear more about this when Apple unveils iOS 12 at WWDC 2018. The annual developers conference starts on June 4th.

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35 Comments

1. RevolutionA

Posts: 390; Member since: Sep 30, 2017

Now there'lll be boom for NFC. Yay Apple. Time to kick some pins out and make em pay.

2. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

You may not be aware but NFC is already used in many areas.

4. darkkjedii

Posts: 30880; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

True, but Apple is known for increasing traffic/usage, when they adopt something.

6. meanestgenius

Posts: 21578; Member since: May 28, 2014

Facts, my dude. Apple is known as a trendsetter.

7. darkkjedii

Posts: 30880; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Exactly bro. When they enter into something, its usage and catering to explode. They’re the consummate trendsetter. Is what it is. I’ve gone back to Apple as my daily driver for a while, sold my gear, and iconx, and put my Note 8 in the drawer.

9. meanestgenius

Posts: 21578; Member since: May 28, 2014

Really? Wow. Can’t say I can fault you, as I know you’ve extensively used both platforms and now use what’s currently best for you. Apple is a major influencer when it comes to consumer tech. No one can legit say otherwise.

11. darkkjedii

Posts: 30880; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Real talk, I missed iOS a lot. I missed the fluidity, the way the devices work together, and several iPhone features that I really liked. Samsung’s devices weren’t giving the end user experience I wanted. Gotta have my Note though.

24. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1293; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

You seem to change your tune every few weeks, the resident jukebox, playing whatever tune people prefer to hear.

28. darkkjedii

Posts: 30880; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Read this, and read it well. I’m a grown ass man, who makes his own money, and buys what the hell I want. I don’t give a fk what you, or anybody else thinks. Now play that tune to hear.

31. sgodsell

Posts: 7004; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Android has had this since day one of using NFC. Which is at least 2010 when the first Android smartphones had NFC.

32. darkkjedii

Posts: 30880; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

And what is the relevance of telling us what already know?

33. meanestgenius

Posts: 21578; Member since: May 28, 2014

What does that have to do with the fact that Apple is a trendsetter? You can’t dispute this fact. Does it really trigger you that much that people give props to Apple that you just have to try and bury it with your Android-only propaganda?

22. Leo_MC

Posts: 6900; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Too bad that Android does not have Apple's power to push innovative features. I love tech, I love competition and I love when companies compete to bring their users great features in their tech products.

25. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1293; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

I think you'll find the list of things that Apple adopted for iOS and iPhones after Android phones offered it to be far longer than the other way around. The thing is that NFC is now everywhere despite Apple not endorsing it for anything other than paying. Apple is catching up, is the real way of describing the situation.

27. Leo_MC

Posts: 6900; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Dude, I love technology for how it is improving my life, not for the sake of it. Up until recently, NFC was just a short range IR file exchange or tag that started BT protocol; recently it has been secured and it is being used on a scale for payments. Android OEMs had a 2y head start and what did they do? They just made [rather useless] tags; it needed Apple to enter the game and 1y later Google launched its pay version of Apple Pay, Samsung, LG, MS launched their version and so on. If Apple is making possible to open doors using an iPhone, I will know that I have a few hundred thousands of potential clients (close to half a billion) the very next day, so I will invest; if Google is to do the same thing, I would maybe invest a tenth, because I know that I have to wait at least 1y to have maybe 100 mil potential clients. One thing I can think of that Android OEM have done is support inductive charging, but they did it very conservatively, because they either lacked vision or the desire to push it to the level that it is really useful: true wireless (from a few meters) charging. So, Android devices may introduce - from time to time - innovative features but they do it in a poorly manner and without answering the most important questions: "where do I see this going?" and "why would anyone use this?"

30. darkkjedii

Posts: 30880; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Android is an OS, it’s up to Google to push them, but in a sense you’re right. I’d like to see Apple more aggressive with being first at the plate sometimes too though.

34. legiloca

Posts: 1675; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

What I hate the most about their trendsetting aura? The bye bye headphone jack and hello stupid notches :D

35. darkkjedii

Posts: 30880; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I can agree on the jack, but not on the notch...I love it.

3. darkkjedii

Posts: 30880; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Would only make for a more versatile device, like why not.

5. meanestgenius

Posts: 21578; Member since: May 28, 2014

I’d love to see it. More functionality added is always welcome.

8. darkkjedii

Posts: 30880; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Couldn’t hurt one bit. Are you interim the possible 6.5 inch X Plus? If they drop one, I’m all over it.

10. meanestgenius

Posts: 21578; Member since: May 28, 2014

My dude, I’m on that with the quickness. If they release it, it will be a day one purchase for me. Patiently waiting for it while I rock my iPhone 8 Plus.

12. darkkjedii

Posts: 30880; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Yep yep, for me too. That’s a must have in every way. I bought myself another X, and instead of bitching about what it doesn’t do, I’m just enjoying what it does do. Super solid phone, also got the series 3 cellular, and AirPods. Love how they seamlessly work together. Controlling my music from my wrist during workouts, and in my car is awesome.

13. Jrod99

Posts: 707; Member since: Jan 15, 2016

I like the AirPods. Wonder if it’s worth buying a strap accessory for jogging?

14. darkkjedii

Posts: 30880; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

AirPods are great. I love em.

15. vandroid

Posts: 405; Member since: Sep 04, 2012

Apple needs to open their damn eyes and fix their s**tty OS's.

23. Leo_MC

Posts: 6900; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Ain't nothing wrong with Apple's OSes. There are some shortcomings here and there, but no one makes any of the OS s**tty.

29. darkkjedii

Posts: 30880; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

How is iOS s****y? It can be boring in some ways, but s****y....I just don’t see it.

16. limporgyuk

Posts: 355; Member since: Nov 06, 2013

Well it's about time, what year is this?

17. japkoslav

Posts: 1465; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

It's the year NFC was invented ... again.

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