What you need to know
- Apple is under scrutiny for its current implementation of NFC on the iPhone.
- The Australian Parliamentary committee heard the case today in court.
On Monday, the Australian Parliamentary committee heard a case that asks the question if Apple is stifling competition with how it currently restricts access to the NFC chip on the iPhone.
As reported by ZDNet, Apple's response to questions from the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Corporations and Financial Services argued that Google's implementation of NFC is less secure than Apple's current approach. The company says that its current implementation is for the case of privacy and security.
Diana Layfield, Google's president of partnerships in the EMEA region. refuted Apple's claims at the committee hearing.
Lance Blockley, who worked with the Commonwealth Bank, Westpac, the National Australia Bank, and Bendigo and Adelaide Bank to get access to Apple's NFC chip back in 2016, said that Apple's refusal to allow access to the chip is stifling competition.
It's currently unclear who will win in the case and, if Apple loses, what it may be required to change about access to the NFC chip on the iPhone.
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Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.