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iPhone 6 NFC: Expansion plans revealed

iPhone 6 NFC: Expansion plans revealed

Apple is looking to expand the use of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus’s NFC chipsets beyond its new mobile payment system.

Currently, only Apple Pay has access to the devices’ NFC tech, with third-party developers denied the chance to use it in their apps.

However, according to sources speaking anonymously with The Information, Apple has held discussions with two firms about expanding the use of NFC on the iPhone.

HID Global, which builds secure building access systems, and Cubic, which develops public transport payment tools, are both said to have spoken to the Cupertino company.

Cubic currently supplies IT for London’s Oyster card system. EE is already offering users with Android phones on its network the chance to pay for transport in the capital via their handsets.

A deal with HID Global could also build on Apple’s current contract with Starwood Hotels, which will see the Apple Watch be able to unlock doors via Bluetooth.

A secure access system via an iPhone could also bring an end to the days of forgetting your security pass for work.

Apple Pay launched in the US last week. It is already facing problems from major retailers, with pharmacy firms Rite Aid and CVS with suspending NFC payments while they work on their own system.


The Information

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