Do you think iOS 9 will have a NFC SDK?

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  1. dilap macrumors 6502a

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    With the 5s came the introduction of Touch ID, but it was very limited in terms of what it could do. iOS 8 introduced the SDK, and it became really useful. Do you think Apple will do the same with NFC, I certainly hope they do!
     
  2. AlphaHumanus macrumors 6502

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    I'm crossing my fingers, but not holding my breath.
     
  3. ajiuo macrumors 65816

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    Apple Pay is a source of income for apple... They will not allow Google wallet, PayPal, or any other payment mechanism to have access to the NFC capabilities of the iPhone. However it's abilities will be expanded via passbook to allow for loyalty programs, passes, and coupons. How much of that is coming this year I don't know.

    But if you think Apple is going to allow you to use anything other than Apple Pay then keep dreaming... They're about as likely to do that as they are to allow an alternate App Store.

    But hey... It's okay to dream. I do it to
     
  4. chrf097 macrumors 68040

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    Seeing as they're letting the Apple Watch be used for hotel rooms, I can see either a "limited" NFC API being created, or Passbook being opened wide.

    Hotel Rooms that support NFC could have their guests use their phones (Like at Disneyworld), and I can see Apple enabled "NFC to Pair" as well.

    As far as NFC for other payment solutions, no. That probably won't be happening.
     
  5. gsmornot macrumors 68030

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    If I could pay someone else with ApplePay as we stand there it would be great. At the start of each season money collection for sports would be much easier than the check writing and deposit process.
     
  6. Menel macrumors 603

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    Apple may have goofed, in order to make ApplePay so simple and fast, where any NFC signal blinding activates ApplePay process... including passport readers, etc.

    It may, but may not be so simple as to open up the API for other uses. Or for other uses to trigger off NFC.
     
  7. TechGod macrumors 68040

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    I sure hope so. I want an NFC tag that I tap my phone on and it going into DND, low brightness, bluetooth off for night.
     
  8. Andres Cantu macrumors 68030

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    I think it's certainly possible, especially if they come up with a unique way to use it that nobody has thought about yet.
     
  9. Hot12345 macrumors 6502

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    What i really hope is that the NFC is getting more open. Because now is very limited and close to make use of that feature.

    For example the Samsung Galaxy S3,4,5 have a open api for reading and writing NFC.

    Do you guys think that Apple make open that NFC?
     
  10. nj-morris macrumors 68000

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    I think that they will open up NFC. I think it explains the NFC chip in the iPad Air 2 and Mini 3.
     
  11. Menel macrumors 603

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    Those have no antenna, pretty sure ifixit already pointed this out.
    Those chips are merely to use the secure element for in-app applepay.
     
  12. Hot12345 macrumors 6502

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    Does the iphone a NFC antenna? Do you need a antennaa ?
     
  13. Menel macrumors 603

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    Yes, it transmits.
     
  14. Hot12345 macrumors 6502

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    Basically the nfc chip can write and read?
     
  15. chrf097 macrumors 68040

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    The NFC chip is both a radio that transmits data and where the "secure enclave" is located.

    The iPads DO have the NFC chip from the iPhone 6, but no antennas to transmit radio waves. It's only used for the secure element inside, as Apple Pay requires it.
     
  16. nj-morris macrumors 68000

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    My bad. I guess you learn new things every day. Well anyway, I hope that they will open up NFC
     
  17. chrf097 macrumors 68040

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    I'm fairly confident they will. Seeing as the Apple Watch has further NFC capabilities (being used to unlock your hotel room, for example), I can see it expanding.
     
  18. nickprete11 macrumors regular

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    The hotel room Apple Watch room key for Starwood uses Bluetooth. It doesn't use NFC. You can unlock your door at a Starwood hotel with an iPhone as old as the 4s.
     
  19. tmiw macrumors 68000

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    Agreed. Banks outside the US have been really reluctant to give up full control like they have with their Android based NFC apps. If Apple allowed other NFC payment solutions then those banks would have no reason to make deals with Apple.
     
  20. Hot12345 macrumors 6502

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    Okay, so the iPhone have the NFC chip and also the antennas, but can you say actually that the chip can WRITE and read(of-course)?

    if the iPhones (6 and the 6+) have antennas it can actually write it right?
     
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    Apple will see it as a security issue.
     
  23. The Doctor11 macrumors 603

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    Wait you can unlock hotel room doors with NFC right? So I see no reason why they wouldn't open it up further if they are already letting a few companies use it.
     
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    How can it be a security issue well Apple checks and approves every app that hits the App Store? I think they'll make it work.
     

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