The iPhone's NFC chip is locked to Apple Pay
posted by Michael H. / Sep 16, 2014, 9:15 AM
Apple has confirmed that the NFC chip in the new iPhone will be locked to Apple Pay. This means no developer access, and no NFC functionality outside of the Apple Pay software. So, if you were going to cover your house, car, and office with NFC stickers ready to toggle your iPhone settings or launch certain apps, you can forget that. And, if you want to transfer files or contacts, or pair your iPhone with a Bluetooth device, NFC will not be an option for that.
Of course, this is fairly standard procedure for Apple, and there is no reason to believe that this is a permanent decision. Last year, Apple introduced TouchID, which was only available for unlocking your device and authenticating iTunes downloads, but now it has been opened up to 3rd party developers. The same could happen with NFC, but we'll have to wait and see. And, even if NFC options are opened up on the iPhone, we wouldn't expect it to be used for file transfers, since Apple already has AirDrop for that.
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posted on Sep 16, 2014, 9:17 AM 43
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iLock, iControl, iDismal.
posted on Sep 16, 2014, 10:00 AM 19
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Wasn't iTouch locked to Apple when the iPhone 5s was released until then opened it up to 3rd parties in iOS 8? They'll probably do the same with NFC.
posted on Sep 16, 2014, 9:24 AM 2
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They won't make nfc open.... Because they don't allow file transfer with bluetooth...which is what nfc does in first place.... to create a connection between two devices...so they can transfer files over bluetooth....there many other possibilities too....
posted on Sep 16, 2014, 9:58 AM 1
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Well, is anyone here expecting anything more? Lol.
posted on Sep 16, 2014, 9:27 AM 2
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Had NFC when I had a Nexus. Used Google Wallet a few times, never used Android beam. Never used it for anything else. Apple doesn't put features in its phone just to put in features. There has to be a practical use for a feature based on the research they do on the market. How many people really want to place an NFC chip on their wall, and change the settings of their phone when they walk in? Not many. How many people tap their phones to share pics? I can tell you I never did that once. When you try to do everything, you lose sight of who is actually buying your product.
posted on Sep 16, 2014, 9:35 AM 1
Ofcourse I am just one person, but I use it quite extensively. NFC tag in the car to turn on BT, turn off wifi and start the app torque. NFC on my wireless charger on my desk to turn on my pc and turn on the desk lights. 2 NFC's on my nightstand 1 to set the alarm and turn on bedroom lights, the other to turn off the alarm and start my coffee machine. Stuff like that :)
posted on Sep 16, 2014, 9:44 AM 9
I have Philips Hue, but I use Tasker with Autohue plugin. Also when I'm at home and one of the lights are on, they blink when I receive a message (Gmail, Viber, Hangouts, etc). So I use NFC to run specific tasks within Tasker.
posted on Sep 16, 2014, 10:58 AM 0
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Sure. That would be great. TCP connected is the brand, and a starter kit, which is available at home depot, has the model number CCG2LD11. I have that kit, plus a few other TCP connected bulbs added to the system.
posted on Sep 16, 2014, 3:03 PM 0
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That's pretty cool man. Hard to market that though. I work in consulting, so I'm just thinking, what type of a use case would we have to create to show the value in that? Also, Apple doesn't want to interact with 3rd parties. They want everything proprietary. If they unlock the NFC, most likely they will have partners in place that have devices that interact with it. If you want your car to activate with NFC, it needs to be CarPlay. No PC's, only Macs. Lightbulbs will need to be specific lightbulbs. You see where I'm going with this? It's about ecosystem with Apple.
posted on Sep 16, 2014, 12:07 PM 0
I know Apple is doing things differently. How I set things up (using tasker and plugins) is hardly relevant for everyday users. Like home automation, it's already there, Apple just wants 1 app for them all with a typical iOS interface. Which is good, that's the way most iOS users want to work.
posted on Sep 16, 2014, 1:33 PM 0
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