Apple Restricting Use of NFC Antenna in iPhone 6 and 6 Plus to Apple Pay

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    The NFC antenna found on Apple's iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will only be used with the company's "Apple Pay" mobile payment solution and will not be available to developers for use in third-party apps, reports Cult of Mac. The confirmation comes by way of an Apple spokeswoman, who also declined to comment on future plans for the technology's use in other instances.

    The move is similar to the Touch ID sensor's debut on the iPhone 5s last year, as Apple restricted its use to iTunes purchases and device unlocking. However, Apple announced at this year's Worldwide Developers Conference that developers would be able to integrate Touch ID into their iOS 8 apps. It is possible that Apple will allow NFC to be used with third-party apps at some point in the future, however it appears that the company is focused on polishing the technology for use with its own services.

    Apple Pay will first launch in the United States next month as an update to iOS 8, and will be featured in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus as well as the Apple Watch when it launches next year. The service will be compatible with American Express, Mastercard and Visa credit/debit cards, with 220,000 U.S. retail stores listed as partners. Apple will also be launching an Apple Pay API for developers to integrate the service into their apps.

    Article Link: Apple Restricting Use of NFC Antenna in iPhone 6 and 6 Plus to Apple Pay
  2. captain kaos macrumors 65816

    captain kaos

    Jan 16, 2008
  3. Oldfash33 macrumors regular


    Sep 5, 2011
    Will our kids even know what a wallet is?? Can't wait to try it for the first time!
  4. PFKMan23 macrumors regular

    Jan 12, 2012
    Not surprising, but then again, I never expected to get rid of my wallet as I'm sure I'll visit businesses that don't support Apply Pay.
  5. Lancer macrumors 68020


    Jul 22, 2002
    I see another Samsung ad mocking the new iPhone in our future :(
  6. itsmemuffins macrumors 68040


    Jun 23, 2010
    Just like Touch ID was opened up, so will NFC.
  7. SethBoy macrumors regular

    Jun 23, 2007
    Then they need to hurry up and actually have Apple Pay in my country if they are not letting third parties on board. :rolleyes:
  8. terraphantm macrumors 68040

    Jun 27, 2009
    I think they might open it up after the Apple watch is launched. They showed the watch being used to unlock a hotel room, which would almost certainly have to be an NFC feature. Since the watch depends on the phone, I imagine that capability will be there for the phones too
  9. sockatume macrumors member

    Jul 21, 2010
    I suppose the big question is whether Apple considers transit cards and the like to be part of the Apple Pay umbrella, or whether they really are limiting themselves to credit and debit cards. They'd be mad not to want a piece of all the Oyster Card money moving through the UK, for example; between residents and tourists it's a potential goldmine.


    That's probably not NFC; there are already iPhone passkey apps for certain hotels.
  10. Quu macrumors 68030


    Apr 2, 2007
    Disappointing. I hope they open it by iOS 9 or earlier. There are a lot of great uses for this beyond payments.
  11. captain kaos macrumors 65816

    captain kaos

    Jan 16, 2008
    Exactly. Id be excited if it was going to be im my country, other than that its just a part of the apple web site i gloss over at the moment.
  12. starnox macrumors 6502

    Apr 15, 2005
    You can use contactless payment on Oyster card readers so I don't think they will be missing out.
  13. darwen macrumors 6502a


    Apr 12, 2005
    California, US
    They are locking it down to make sure ApplePay is successful first. They wouldn't want someone else building a better platform on their hardware before they first get their system rolled out.
  14. Komrad808 macrumors member


    May 23, 2010
    On an active volcano
    Soon our memories of how money felt, will just fade away. Our kids will grow up thinking the feel of money is a historic item like the 8-track. *wind blows*
  15. username: macrumors 6502a

    Dec 16, 2013
    Is this a new thing in the US? had NFC payments for a while here
  16. aevelasquez, Sep 16, 2014
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    aevelasquez macrumors regular

    Feb 15, 2011
    Miami, FL
    I think this is going to piss people off at first but in the long run is what's going to make their system stick and what's going to separate them from the others, Google Wallet, and the like. It's all about exclusivity at first, to show that their way is the way that works, that it's the only way, and this isn't the first time Apple (and many other companies, for that matter) has done it. That's how you get people's attention, and that's how you get the market and industry to follow (or in Samsungs case, rip off shamelessly.) I'm not saying that it's going to seem like the greatest idea to offer those restrictions in an immediate sense, but long term, it's what's going to weed out all the half-assed efforts that have fallen by the way side and establish NFC as a legitimate tool of this day and age. Once that happens, others will be able to implement similar systems into their devices, and it will be what it already should have been on a global scale.
  17. bushido Suspended


    Mar 26, 2008
    useless hardware feature for the rest of world then ...

    oh apple why do you always have to restrict every new implementation
  18. Wirbowsky macrumors member

    Mar 12, 2010
    ApplePay is a nice idea and will surely bring changes. But I think it will fail outside US if the merchants have to set-up an infrastructure dedicated to ApplePay. If they can accept mobile payments from Android and IOS with the same terminal, then it might work.
  19. shootingrubber macrumors 6502

    Mar 7, 2009
    Good. Opening it up to other NFC payment solutions just increases the security risk for Apple and its customers.
  20. macs4nw macrumors 601


    They might be fine-tuning third party App 'use' or 'access' restrictions from a security standpoint. If that's the case, a 'go slow' policy is only prudent.
  21. sinsin07 macrumors 68040

    Mar 28, 2009
    Hope this doesn't turn into another FaceTime.
  22. aevelasquez, Sep 16, 2014
    Last edited: Sep 16, 2014

    aevelasquez macrumors regular

    Feb 15, 2011
    Miami, FL
    Touch ID was something much simpler in function expanded in terms of its featureset and versatility, the only effect of which was adding deeper, greater security to the operations of the phone. Opening it's development access to third parties was a smaller risk than this could be. Opening up something like NFC to third parties is much more prone to it becoming muddled and overborne by everything NFC has been up to this point (or lack thereof) to separate itself as what NFC should be and actually set a standard.
  23. Redneck1089 macrumors 65816


    Jan 18, 2004
    Ridiculous. It will probably be de-restricted for iOS 9.
  24. alexgowers macrumors 65816

    Jun 3, 2012
    I do really want to know how it'll roll out in the uk?

    We have had chip and pin for years, very quick and secure no magnetic data to steal.

    We have Oyster cards for train and bus travel that auto topup from bank accounts and use NFC already so apple should be right on this. Millions of transactions a day!

    Most POS terminals have NFC as cards here have had it for a few years, I wonder if apple pay can be activated or if the payment systems in the uk are already ready for it?

    Would love more info on it as the phone is here so soon and there is zero info? Anyone
  25. H2SO4 macrumors 601

    Nov 4, 2008
    Just like they did with Bluetooth too right?

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