Apple reportedly looking to use iPhone NFC for keycards, transit tickets

Apple is reportedly looking into uses for NFC beyond Apple Pay. Apple is apparently looking into expanding the utility of the NFC found in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus into areas like keycards and transit tickets. They are also supposedly in early talks with some companies. According to The Information

The Apple representatives have talked to technology providers like HID Global and Cubic, which enable secure access to buildings and transit fare systems, respectively, said people briefed on the discussions. Spokespeople for the companies declined to comment about any discussions with Apple, but executives there discussed how they could integrate their systems with the iPhone.

This is similar to how Apple has handled Touch ID, which was first only used to secure your device and purchase items through Apple's stores. Apple has now introduced a Touch ID developer API. While the NFC chip on the iPhone 6 might be locked to Apple Pay for now, it's not hard to imagine that Apple would broaden its range in the future.

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Source: The Information

Joseph Keller

Joseph Keller is the former Editor in Chief of iMore. An Apple user for almost 20 years, he spends his time learning the ins and outs of iOS and macOS, always finding ways of getting the most out of his iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Mac.