Does NFC work with a case on?

Discussion in 'iOS 8' started by JWorld127, Oct 20, 2014.

  1. JWorld127 macrumors 6502

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    Thats going to be the big question. If users have to remove their phone from whatever case they have on it will add to the time to pay for things....i couldnt imagine an otterbox having to be removed to use Apple Pay.
     
  2. uhslax24 macrumors 6502

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    I just completed an nfc payment with my case on.
     
  3. Wise87 macrumors 6502

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    Does NFC work with a case on?

    Why would it? Your cellular and wifi are not effected by a case.
     
  4. JWorld127 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Why would it? Oh i dont know maybe because there is something blocking or is in between the signal and the receiver....
     
  5. hpman247 macrumors regular

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    lol, admittedly, I thought the same at first, but then I thought about the fact that we don't have any issues with wifi or cellular signals, so why should this not work in range?

    Mine worked fine btw with the apple leather case, 6+
     
  6. DesertSilver macrumors 6502

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    Maybe because NFC is designed to be short-range communication. It's right there in the name (near-field)... Do you have to keep your phone pressed onto a router to use wifi?

    Yes, worrying that a case would affect NFC may not seem reasonable to you but NFC is not similar to wifi or cellular signal.
     
  7. Cojm macrumors member

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    Big brother scares me, so I have a lead case on my phone.
     
  8. Wise87 macrumors 6502

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    If a case was going to interfere then Apple wouldn't be selling cases
     
  9. rorschach macrumors 68020

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    Bingo.

    Yes it works great with a case!
     
  10. T-Will macrumors 6502a

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    You also need to be sure you hold your iPhone correctly and not bridge any of the antenna gaps. :p
     
  11. JWorld127 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I use an Apple leather case. I just wanted to be the first to discover a possible #nfcgate

    hahahaha
     
  12. quietstormSD macrumors 6502a

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    Mine worked at McD's with the leather case on
     
  13. goldnose macrumors member

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    does your wifi, cellular and bluetooth work with your case?
     
  14. Lloydbm41 macrumors 68040

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    Those of us that have been using Google Wallet for years can verify the following:
    1. Leather and plastic cases do not effect NFC
    2. Metal cases DO effect NFC. Any metal, no matter how thin. If it is in between the NFC chip and the terminal, it won't work.
    3. Carbon fiber (real carbon fiber, not fake stuff) will block NFC.
    4. Carbon Kevlar does NOT effect NFC.

    In other words, do not buy metal or real carbon fiber cases if you plan to use Apple Pay.
     

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