NFC for other things too?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by RobbySkateboard, Sep 9, 2014.

  1. RobbySkateboard macrumors regular

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    Do you think apple has put a block on the NFC chip so it can't be accessed by third party apps or will it be free to use? I know apple has a habit of including cool tech but not letting people access it right away. I want to be able to not just use the NFC for payments, but also to set up a car mode if I put it in a certain spot of my car, a night mode for when I put it on my night stand, and many other things too that android users have been able to do for years. Will iphone 6/6+ have that ability too?
     
  2. ct2k7 macrumors 603

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    It wouldn't be so much a block on the chip rather than iOS (and relative APIs) not supporting it.
     
  3. Lloydbm41 macrumors 68040

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    NFC has a universal protocol. Whether or not iOS allows the phone to read those certain NFC stickers, transmit data to other phones or alter UI settings is the question. I don't think we will know for sure until we get our hands on the phone.
    I personally have NFC tags and Lumia and Android phones that are NFC capable, so I will be trying it out as soon as I get my iPhone 6.
     
  4. RobbySkateboard thread starter macrumors regular

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    this is pretty much the only reason I've wanted NFC for as long as it's been available. I mean, mobile payments is cool and all, but really I haven't found grabbing my card to be that big of an issue, especially considering that I try to use cash more often than not.
     
  5. jabingla2810 macrumors 68020

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    Possibly in the future, maybe.

    But Apple isn't really talking about 'NFC', it's talking about 'Apple Pay'.

    NFC means nothing to a lot of users, but Apple is hoping 'Apple Pay' will.

    Apple limits bluetooth, it can't send music, videos or photos to friends (Not without 3rd party apps) so I can see Apple limiting NFC in the same way.
     

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