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eclipse01

macrumors 68030
Original poster
May 16, 2011
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Eau Claire, WI
So i was using my tablet and phone at the same time (see sig for models) and left to go do something and set my phone on top of my tablet. When i came back, my apple pay screen was up with the figer print scanner waiting for me to buy something. I turned the screen off which seemed to cancel everything. Anyone know what happened?
 

lordofthereef

macrumors G5
Nov 29, 2011
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3,721
Boston, MA
Nexus 7's nfc triggered the Apple Pay. Apple took (what I consider) the lazy way out. Anything NFc will trigger Apple Pay since that is all the iPhone looks for. It's also the reason (at least right now) why we can literally do nothing with the NFC chip on iOS outside of using Apple Pay; NFC is "always on", waiting for you to pay for something.
 

scaredpoet

macrumors 604
Apr 6, 2007
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Thats what i figured, but had i made the scan, what would have purchased?

Nothing. The phone would've sent a tokenized transaction, your tablet would have no idea what that's about, and the transaction would go nowhere.
 

sunfire7

macrumors member
Oct 23, 2012
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Just curious,

what else would you like to do that airdrop or other things can't already do?

*Serious question..*


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Mak47

macrumors 6502a
Mar 27, 2011
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Harrisburg, PA
I wish future ios updates unleash NFC capabilities

Unleash NFC capabilities? Like what? Aside from use as a mobile wallet, NFC is a totally valueless feature--and until ApplePay, mobile wallets were totally valueless.

I'm not being facetious, I truly want to know what NFC is actually good for? What am I missing?

Tapping phones to send files? MMS/iMessage are faster and more convenient most of the time. Airdrop already accomplishes this for larger files more reliably. In fact, Samsung's version--S Beam--which requires touching two devices for NFC pairing--actually doesn't use NFC to transfer data. It uses WiFi direct, just like Airdrop. It just adds the NFC "Bump" thing as an extra step. Maybe this is to make users think that NFC is actually useful.

Quick setup/pairing with other devices? Bluetooth LE already does it. You can do it with existing iPhones & Apple TV for example.
 

ipedro

macrumors 603
Nov 30, 2004
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Toronto, ON
Unleash NFC capabilities? Like what? Aside from use as a mobile wallet, NFC is a totally valueless feature--and until ApplePay, mobile wallets were totally valueless.

I'm not being facetious, I truly want to know what NFC is actually good for? What am I missing?

You're missing a lot. Opening doors is the first very obvious use that comes to mind. Security fobs at offices and condos could easily be replaced by the NFC chip in the iPhone. More uses: transit passes use NFC. You could get in the subway by tapping your phone. Eventually, retailers will join in with their own loyalty programs. ApplePay is just the beginning.
 
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