Apple is probably the last to adopt NFC (Near Fields Communication) on its smart phones. Before you get excited about the ease of exchanging contacts, pairing bluetooth devices or transferring files, you might want to know that Apple will be limiting its NFC functionality to Apple Pay only. The new mobile payment feature will be launched this week starting in the US and it uses NFC that’s mounted at the top of the device.
Considering Apple Pay is quite a new feature concerning money and personal security, Apple seems to be extra cautious by keeping its NFC hardware off limits to 3rd party developers for now. When Apple introduced Touch ID fingerprint scanner on the iPhone 5S, it was a closed system as well but now Apple has open up some access to developers with iOS 8.
Apparently Apple had demonstrated the use of iPhone 6’s NFC to unlock hotel room doors at their Apple event last week. So it’s highly possible that Apple will open up a wider range of NFC functions later on.
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