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After TouchID, Apple blocks developer access to iPhone 6's NFC chip

One of the most touted features in iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus is the addition of NFC chip, which Apple is using for its mobile wallet feature called Apple Pay. However, NFC can be used for much mor

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One of the most touted features in iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus is the addition of NFC chip, which Apple is using for its mobile wallet feature called Apple Pay. Also Read - Common marketing gimmicks that brands should avoid to exploit consumers

However, NFC can be used for much more than mobile payments like pairing it with other devices, using NFC tags for invoking certain actions or even using it for authentication to open doors and so on. However, it seems that iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users might have to make do with just Apple Pay. Also Read - Apple MacBook Pro users report different issues with the SD card reader

As Cult of Mac reports, the company has said that it won’t make this feature available to the developers for at least a year. By not giving developers an access to use this service, Apple is essentially ensuring that its NFC chip will only be used for Apple Pay, and not as a standalone capability. The company says that by locking down NFC, it is making the phone a lot more secure. Also Read - Apple in tussle with Russian govt over App Store payment options

At this point it is not clear if Apple will lift this limitation after a year, but it is likely to do so, as the company demoed the NFC feature equipped iPhone 6 used to unlock a hotel room. Locking down a feature is not anything new for Apple. The company last year had made its TouchID sensor not available to developers with third-party apps.

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  • Published Date: September 16, 2014 5:45 PM IST



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