Why don't IPhones support NFC Tags?

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  1. Z8beema macrumors 6502

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  2. cynics macrumors G3

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    A lot of tags activate/deactivate system functions that Apple doesn't allow 3rd party app access too. You'll usually get a prompt that leads to the settings menu. This is for security and privacy reasons.

    So all those are out right out of the gate.

    Than you have Apples app sandboxing (also for security and privacy) that will hinder performance of other functions.

    While it could be useful it's probably not worth the risk of implementing. Since we don't have it we won't miss it. Android switchers might though but I wouldn't hold your breath.
     
  3. T'hain Esh Kelch macrumors 601

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    Apple has their own version in the form of iBeacons. Still annoying though.
     
  4. dontwalkhand macrumors 601

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    NFC on iPhones seem to be for Apple Pay only, at least in the near future
     
  5. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6

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    Agreed, I don't see that changing any time soon.
     
  6. Z8beema thread starter macrumors 6502

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    interesting. I don't know how it would be dangerous because I don't build apps or anything. Just s general question. I would like to be able to walk through my door tap my phone on s little device and not even think of WiFi on lights on bluetooth off etc etc
     
  7. Newtons Apple macrumors P6

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    I would settle for a IR blaster on the 7 but I know we will not see that either.
     
  8. dontwalkhand macrumors 601

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    In Apple's dream land there is just wifi in everything and it's always super reliable, HA
     
  9. cynics macrumors G3

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    There is just a whole line of extra security measures that would need to be implemented. Say for example, you have it setup to connect to wifi via a tag, walk into Starbucks and set your phone on the counter that has a tag disguised near it (somehow) and it connects to an ad hoc wifi or some other wifi that is actually a man in the middle attack. Just for example basing off what you said.

    Now there is a lot that can be done to prevent that, like a prompt or something but in then you're back to manually doing stuff.

    Plus it should be connecting to the proper wifi without any user interaction. Which is the most secure AND easiest solution.
     

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