iPhone 6 NFC Chip Limited to Apple Pay


Apple has added NFC to the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, but it will limit its use to Apple Pay only, a company spokeswoman revealed to Cult of Mac.

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We saw a similar approach with the Touch ID: when Apple introduced it last year, its use was limited. But now, with iOS 8, a year after launch, Apple is opening it up to developers. We saw plenty of marketing materials touting the fingerprint sensor feature last year, but don’t expect the same with the NFC chip.

If you have been following Apple closely, you may have already experienced the company’s slowness when it comes to adding features and extending the potential of those already implemented in the iPhone.

With the NFC chip, Apple seems to be taking the same approach: it introduced it this year, but it is limited to Apple Pay, at least for now. But NFC isn’t limited to payments: it has tremendous potential to enable the Internet of Things.

Also, just to give you one good example of the next step Apple might take, the company has shown how the iPhone can unlock a hotel room, so what we are seeing now is Apple just getting started. Within only a few days of launch, and with more than 4 million pre-orders, this is a great start.


  • artikas

    “…you may have already experienced the company’s slowness when it comes to adding features”. Do you believe its slowness or pre-caution. Other than Apple maps I think Apple has done a good job by not releasing features prematurely but to actually think about how to improve the device in the long run. For example when multi-tasking seemed way passed due, they thought about ways to save battery life.

  • Chris Zhu

    This might be just like touch ID last year — watch Apple open it up to developers in a year or two.

  • awkpain

    They lag behind because they think that they have to re-invent the wheel. Only they can do it properly. Everybody else’s implementation is sub-par. To be fair, at the end of the day they do usually release quality product…

    It’s not guaranteed that they’ll open it up. Although they are opening up touch ID they never did open up Facetime. As a random example, in the 2010 keynotes Jobs said that facetime would be an open standard. In 2014, it still isn’t.

  • Kaet

    Will Apple Pay even work in Canada?