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Apple is reportedly working on making iPhone's NFC chips unlock building gates and in transit fare systems

Apple will soon use the NFC chip found inside the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus for doing things other than enabling mobile payment Apple Pay. The Information reports that the company is in talks with ke

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Apple will soon use the NFC chip found inside the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus for doing things other than enabling mobile payment Apple Pay. The Information reports that the company is in talks with keycard maker HID Global and Cubic to enable security features that will allow the NFC-equipped iPhone to be used as a pass to enter buildings and transit fare systems.

Apple’s new iPhones come with near-field communication chips that enable it to allow mobile payment features like Apple Pay. The company has not made the API open to the third-party developers yet, which essentially prevents others to provide NFC-based services. However, the technology’s uses isn’t limited to just mobile payment features.

By allowing access to the NFC chip, the cards should be able to upload on the Passbook the same way as credit cards are added. Users will then have to just tap on the home button at NFC-powered transit turnstiles to pay for rides.

While the ease and security sophistication that Apple Pay offer is unmatchable, the company is already facing backlash from several merchants in different payment departments. The company needs to overcome not just technology but other real-world aspects of the issue as well.

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  • Published Date: October 28, 2014 8:53 AM IST


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